Posted by: Karlee A. Turner | March 22, 2013

Fashion Timeline 1830’s


Sleeves:  the 1830’s are, in their essence, all about the sleeves.  A wide variety of terms emerged to distinguish between the nuances of puffiness (very puffy) sleeves:




leg o’ mutton

gigot sleeves

The bottom line was that sleeves were BIG.  They required elaborate devices recalling the pannier and prefiguring the hoop petticoat to give them maximum volume.  The huge sleeves have been credited with making the waist appear smaller by comparison.

1830 Dress with Pelerine

Above: a day dress from 1830 —  Note the characteristic sleeves and pelerine

1830 Day Dress Yellow Green brown shot silk

A few more samples of Day dresses 1830-1841 (above and below)

 1836 - 1841 Day Dress Pale Gold



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