New Victorian blouses look great in comfortable cotton or with romantic Victorian lace and ruffle trim. Each of these white, black or color blouses are perfect for Victorian, Civil War, Lolita, Gothic, or Steampunk Costumes. 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.
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.
Pair a new Victorian blouse, top, shirt or sweater with a long full skirt, boots, and jewelry for a complete Victorian-inspired look. Many come in extended sizes or plus sizes and other colors beside black and white or ivory. Consider layering a lace top under your dress to offer more Victorian modesty.