Victorian Street Fair Whitehead County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Beautiful Victorian Costumes


There is nothing better than being able to wear something that makes you feel good about the way that you look. When it comes to Victorian costumes, there are a variety of styles that you can go for, all of which can be very flattering to wear, both for men and for women. Basically speaking, Victorian costumes are meant to represent the Victorian Age, which was named after Queen Victoria and with such iconic styles, it is easy to pick out a breathtaking look that will set you apart from everyone else whether you are at the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair or whether you also keep it for whenever you go to a ball or other themed party.


The fashion for women during the Victorian Age consisted of stunning gowns that were made to have sloping and narrow shoulders, along with pointed waists, finished off with skirts that almost represent the shape of a bell. To give a fullness to the overall look, many women wore corsets along with petticoats under the gowns to give an extra flounce or curve wherever necessary. Because the Victorian style dresses did change a bit over the years, there are different pieces that you can choose from to pull off your look.


However, not all of the styles for women in the Victorian era are corseted and over the top. As a matter of fact, if you are looking for something that is a little more understated when it comes to Victorian costumes, you can always look towards an informal tea gown. Normally, the tea gown was without a corset and worn for informal entertaining, yet they were still beautifully designed and crafted from some of the finest materials.


For a man, there are also great Victorian costumes to choose from. The majority of men from that era are known for wearing calf-length frock style coats that were custom fitted along with either a waistcoat or a double breasted vest. You might find that a local outlet or costume shop will have a collection of pieces that will be just perfect for pulling off the Victorian man look. If you are going out as a couple, you can be certain that the Victorian era is just right for a look that will turn heads whenever the two of you walk into a room in full garb.


When shopping for a Victorian style costume, you can also have a great deal of luck online. There are a number of websites that deal in costumes or specialty wear from specific eras. A simple search will give you a wealth of options to choose from so that you can put together the look that is just right. If you happen to be someone who has been known to sew from time to time, you may want to look for a pattern or two so you can try your hand at a custom made costume. All in all, Victorian costumes are definitely a choice that will make for a great look and with the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair being an annual event, you can get great value from your costume.

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