A Brief Lesson on Edwardian Era Clothing

Often our vintage shop descriptions will include the description of Edwardian Era, 1910s Edwardian, 1900s Edwardian… so I wanted to do a mini lesson about Edwardian era clothing.

side note to self: always strive to learn something new every day in your chosen trade.

Firstly let’s talk about actual dates. The Edwardian Era covers King Edward’s reign in England from 1901-1910 but some extend it up to 1914, just before the first World War.

Now, MOST vintage sellers (at least that I know of) tout clothing from 1901 to about 1919 as Edwardian. Myself included.

I mean technically 1914-1919 is World War I Era clothing, but hardly anyone writes that as a description and just lumps those years together with the Edwardian years.

Secondly, let’s talk a bit about styles associated with the Edwardian Era. There’s the Gibson Girl (high neck lace tops, lots of hair piled on top of your head, big hats…) in the earlier part of the Edwardian Era and then there’s the Titanic/Poiret look in the later years.

Gibson Girl Illustration

The Edwardian period is also known as The Bell Epoque (France) and the Gilded Age. (Again, most vintage sellers describe this years as Edwardian era clothing, more simple that way, no?)

Corsetry Through The Years

The early Edwardian years are not my favorite for silhouettes. We have a lot of odd corseting going on that just make me gasp for breath looking at them. There’s the “S” shape silhouette which I  associate with the Gibson Girl look. (1903-1908)

Then in the late 1900s (1906-1910) the silhouette started to change and this silhouette, in my opinion, is the one most associated with the Edwardian era (even though half of the Edwardian era has already passed!)

Think of Titanic and Rose’s outfits. That’s what we think of as Edwardian. Or think of Season 1 Downton Abbey when Lady Sybil is like “TA-DAH! Look how bomb I look in my Paul Poiret!

So let’s recap…

Early Edwardian is associated with: The Gibson Girl, S Curve Corsetry, big ole hats, and droopy boob look (monobosum…corsetry did not separate the breasts)

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Later Edwardian is associated with: Columnar silhouettes, waistlines rose, Titanic, Downton Abbey…

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Now, what makes it tricky in dating vintage tops is we no longer have the corsetry available to us! So sometimes the shop will have antique Edwardian tops that appear to be quite blouson in the front. Well, that’s because these are early Edwardian era tops and if one had the correct corset to wear underneath, then the blouse would fit as it should have in the early 1900s.

// SOURCES

Images: Gibson Girl by Harrison FisherCorset Timeline 1900-1910, McCalls Magazine Early Edwardian, March 1914 Gowns By McCall

Articles: History of Fashion 1900-1910, Edwardian Fashion Design of 1890s-1914,

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Vintage Style Notes | Teddy Girls

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Find it in the shop: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

If you know The Beatles, I’m sure you know of Teddy Boys. But did you know there were Teddy Girls? In case you didn’t, let me give you a little brief. Teddy Boys were a 1950s subculture in England. You can say they were post-war punks. After the war, there was an abundance of vintage Edwardian suits, and the youth started wearing them.

Their style was influenced by Edwardian dandies. Teddy Girls, also known as Judies, were their female counterparts. They wore blazers over collared shirts, neck scarves, secretary bows, velvet, brooches, straw hats, and Edwardian hairstyles. The most important part of their style, however, is their attitude. They were rebellious young ladies. Teddy Girls were daughters of working class immigrants and at the age of 14 or 15 they often left school to work in a factory, so as a response to their struggle, they grew thick skin.

What I love so much about Teddy Girls is although they were known as girl gangs and were notorious for being misfits, they didn’t wear torn up casual clothes, they were dressed up in clothing that high end Edwardian aristocrats would wear.

So, next time I’m feeling a bit rebellious, I’ll be reaching for a brooch and and tweed blazer, not fishnets and studded mini skirts (which I actually don’t even own!).

source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

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Dutch Masters Inspired Shoot with Wildwood Floral

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A couple weeks ago we got together with our friend Megan Jacob, owner and designer of Wildwood Floral Studio, and photographed her wearing some of our edwardian style pieces and a floral arrangement she designed. Collaborating with friends is always such a treat. We get to catch up amongst doing work we love to do. There is truly nothing better.

Inspired by Dutch still life paintings, it was so serendipitous that the day we decided on, Portland delivered the soft and moody light we love so much. It brings the exact lighting and rich color that is so perfect in Dutch paintings. The prior few days we kept having clear skied, sunny days. I know I can’t complain about a beautiful blue sky, but it doesn’t translate the same as an overcast day.

We did get a late start, and as we raced the sunset, buttoning the millions of buttons and clasping the millions of clasps on a couple of these beautiful Edwardian pieces, we found that the light just got better and better. Did you know that the more difficult it is to get in a dress, the more wealthier the gal who originally owned it was? It means she had to be wealthy enough to have help in order to get dressed in the morning. Can you imagine that? However, although difficult to get on, the look of clasps and buttons are so much more elegant than a zipper.

greysocksgreysocks-3greysocks-18greysocks-11greysocks-21antique 1910s edwardian cream striped sheer gown

greysocks-38greysocks-34vintage 1970s light cream knit shawl with fringe

greysocks-28vintage 1930s dark orange silk velvet gown

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Floral by Wildwood Floral Studio

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Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot

French photographer Constant Puyo is one of my favorite of the “antiquarian” photographers. All those dreamy Victorian and Edwardian girls walking through fields with flowing clothes and flowing hair. Ahh to be one of these ethereal ladies.

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

Before Saria joined the Adored Vintage team, she had approached me about borrowing wardrobe for a Constant Puyo inspired photoshoot for her friend’s new floral company here in Portland. I was already smitten with the concept of the shoot, but what really sealed the deal was the words “floral sash.”

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

Um, YES PLEASE! I don’t know why more brides aren’t wearing sashes of flowers on their big day! I really do hope I see this become one of those wedding trends like chalkboard signs, mason jars, and flower crowns.

My heart skipped a beat when Saria sent these images to me. One can get lost in the dream like quality about them.

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

Constance Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Florals in Portland, Oregon. Photographed by Saria Dy. Wardrobe from Adored Vintage.

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

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In Which I Time Traveled to 1912

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

Last week a friend came to visit from Ohio and it was his first time in Oregon so naturally we took him to some of our favorite places. Brent had never been to the Oregon coast so my husband and I were anxious to show off Astoria and Cannon Beach.

I was particularly excited because I knew exactly what I was going to wear that day! I’ve had this 1910s (perhaps early 1920s) navy knit cardigan with the attached lace collar for months now and I just completed the mending about 2 weeks ago although it hasn’t been cold enough to wear it. The forecast called for rain, clouds, and fog and this antique sweater needed no invitation to accompany me to the coast on such a moody day.

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast
Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

I never tire of these grey skies. I love when the sky and sea are almost the same color and the horizon blurs in this hazy fog of silver. I adore this very much. I am hypnotized and transfixed watching the waves rush to shore with soft peals of white.

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast
Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

I found this delightful photo of a woman in an antique shop in Astoria called Astoria Hardware and I ended up chatting with the owner, Becky, who coincidentally follows me on Instagram! What a small world!

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast
Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

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