Today's feature is on women's fashions in the 1880's. It sported straighter skirts at the beginning and end of the decade. In the middle of that time period, bustles were all the rage. Some of the ladies pictured in the article wore large bustles. Perhaps they never sat down all day.
The form of the skirt again changed dramatically in the 1880s, with new arrangements of folds, drapes, and pleats, and a reappearance of the bustle. Both skirts and bodices continued to receive a lot of trim and frill, and the styles remained quite exuberant. At the same time, clothes were designed for women to wear in the workplace and to accommodate an increasing interest in outdoor activities for women. Click here to read the rest of the article and view the pictures.