Fussy frills, ruffles, pintucks, and bows adorned most women’s Victorian tops. Victorian lace blouses that buttoned up the back became more common in the later Victorian to the Edwardian era. The bolero style jacket was especially popular, worn over blouses in the mid-Victorian era and women’s vests in the later years.

High neck Victorian blouses, called waists, were fashionable in the early Victorian years around 1840. The neckline settled down and sleeves ballooned out during the 1860s Civil War into the Garibaldi blouse. The high neck returned in the 1880s, gaining gigantic puffy mutton sleeves in the 1890s.

Victoriana revivals in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s continued the looks into modern fashion.