CLOTHING COMMONLY MISTAKEN AS VICTORIAN

  • Panniers (side-hoops):  an 18th century fashion, out of style by the 1800s due to their symbol of opulence.  They are, though, the grandmother to the Victorian bustle.  
  • Powdered wigs:  basically the same as the panniers (although similar wigs are still worn by judges and lawyers in some countries to this day, most notably in the UK—called “court dress”).  Women did not wear them, they styled their hair to mimic the look with the help of extensions (and you thought weaves were a modern thing, pff)
  • Ruffs:  16th century fashion (cones-of-shame are called Elizabethan collars for a reason)
  • Tricorn(e) hat (as in “tri-cornered”):  more 18th century fashion (iconic to the American Revolution), gone by the 1800s. 
  • Culottes (breeches that end just past the knee):  out of style around the beginning of the 19th century, well before Victoria’s time.  Again, became a symbol of the rich, to the point where the revolutionaries of the late 18th century dubbed themselves the “sans culottes” (or, “without culottes” for the non-French speakers).