A Victorian capelet is a must for a winter or eveningwear accessory with your Victorian costume. Winter white fur shawls, hand muffs, collars, and cuffs turn your plain dress into a Victorian Christmas postcard. Black wool capes and velvet, silk or lace evening capes make easy Victorian cloaks and coats over large dresses. Victorian capes could be floor length or shorter hip length, with or without a hood.
Some fancy Victorian capes had fringe, lace and ruffles, or were made of rich brocade for evening wear. Large lace, wool, or velvet shawls were worn wrapped around shoulders and down to the hips as a light layer of warmth and fashion. A smaller scarf draping off the arms is a lovely look for a daytime stroll. In winter, homemade knit shawls, wraps and capes were what kept everyone warm. The poor used these as well as old blankets when working the streets of London. Scroll down to read the history of Victorian shawls and muffs with pictures (or click here to jump).
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