Perhaps it is to do with the resurgence of period dramas such a Downtown Abbey, or maybe it’s the abundance of vampire fiction, but Victorian styles are dominating female fashion for this S/S season. A lot of the Victorian style has been fed down into contemporary bohemian and vintage trends and, let’s face it, you’re hard pressed to get more vintage than Victorian. Popularized further through the fashion used in Beyoncé’s surprise releases of the Formation and Lemonade visuals, the Victorian styles were cemented early on in 2016 through Mrs. Carter Knowles impact alone. Beyoncé and the fashion industry are ensuring that this is a look no longer reserved for the goths not going through a phase but is now for all women.
The Victorian style can evoke strength, power and regale; perhaps an intimidating style for some but we disagree. It is just as accessible and easy as a floral print but brings with it an elegant sense of status. It’s all about the finer details; the layers, the lace, the embroidery, the ruffles, oh lord the ruffles. All of these details come together to create the all-important silhouette either in white for a romanticised ideal or black for the sheer drama of it all. Personally, I am a fan of the black silhouette because I am messy bitch who lives for drama.
As stated early, Victorian is an accessible and easy style to pull off. Victorian styled tops be it with ruffles, a turtleneck or both all look great paired with an essential pair of jeans for a cool, casual and contemporary style.
For that added feminine drama, and Beysus knows I live for drama, add pearls, massive rings and huge earrings for added opulence.
If something more edgy is to your taste then tiny round shades, huge black hats and again with the jewellery will cause just the right impact either on the streets or for an added edge to a festival aesthetic. This edgier variant was put into practice to great effect in season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven.
For the simplest and perhaps most effective Victorian take, in either black or white, perfect your silhouette with sheers, lace and ruffles in either a shirt, dress or skirt. Navy London and Stella Nova in particular boast a wide array of pieces for you to experiment with and achieve your desired Victorian silhouette. Take a look at our favourite pieces from Navy London’s S/S16 collection below. Perfect for a desired simplicity or to embellish and customise for that Victorian glamour.