The Edwardian age was one of richness in style and innovation. Learning from their Victorian ancestors, the Edwardians up leveled their style, technology, and lifestyles to reflect the exciting changes of the time. From steamships to the world’s first branded beauty brands: the Edwardian had it all.
The Edwardians can teach us a lot about fashion. And today I want to share my favorite style tips from this amazing era.
1. Hats Are THE THING
Hats provide a unique way to personalize your outfit. There are hats for every occasion: weddings, anniversaries, days out at the park, going to the library, luncheons, work, evenings out, and of course seasonal hats.
Edwardians loved their hats. They often decorated them with feathers, plumage, and scenes from their favorite mythical stories. Your hat showed your personality and your status. It also showed that you were on top of the world’s leading trends.
Here’s how you can take inspiration with Edwardians and their hats: have a signature hat for every season.
For the fall fedoras or floppy hats are perfect accessories to add to your outfit. I personally adore felt hats for fall. They come in many different colors and many different shapes so my best tip is to get them in red (or burgundy), black, white, and tan. This way, you’ll have a neutral hat for every possible outfit.
So like the Edwardians, let’s up level our winter wardrobe as well! You can do this by investing in heavy wool or felt hats. My favorite types of winter hats are baker boy hats. They’re simple, warm, and stylish.
For summer keep it in the straw family. Again, boater and cloche hats are perfect for this occasion, like the one I’m wearing here.
And the ultimate Edwardian style tip: add a bow.
2. Add Ruffles
The Edwardians loved ruffle shirts and dresses. Everything was ruffled, structured, and layered. Edwardian tea gowns were notorious for having beautiful but simply layers that cascaded down. They were usually three-piece sets that required a maid to help you put on. How fancy!
To bring some Edwardian style to your wardrobe look for shirts and dresses that have subtle ruffles and layers to them.
Of course, the Edwardians would have had long sleeves or mid sleeves with their dresses. But this dress comes pretty close to what a tea dress would have looked like. They came in neutral tones and in pastel tones like this one.
Definitely check out some of the Gal Meets Glam dresses at Nordstrom. They’re so beautiful and very Edwardian at times. You just have to look for those little details!
3. Accessories Makes The Outfit
If there’s one accessory the Edwardian absolutely obsessed about it was their umbrellas. More often than not Edwardian ladies kept their umbrellas closed! It was a statement accessory and it didn’t matter the weather – you always had an umbrella.
Now I’m not saying that you need to go out and buy an umbrella, but you should have a staple accessory. Edwardian ladies loved putting personality into their accessories and you should do the same!
So if it is an umbrella, pick one that really represents you. I love lace umbrellas for the summer to protect you from the sun. But I also really love a sleek black umbrella in the winter or in the fall. An umbrella brand I just discovered is right here. I am actually saving up for one of their umbrellas because it is just so timeless and classic.
But if it’s not an umbrella it could be a purse. It could be designer or something that you picked up H&M.
Whatever you choose just make sure that it really represents your personality.
Another accessory you may think about is jewelry. Edwardian women loved their jewels. And believe me, they didn’t just stop at one jewel. They wore necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, headbands, and sometimes tiaras.
So if you’re going for an Edwardian look, don’t be afraid to go all out. Ornate jewelry might look too busy in the modern day and age but don’t be afraid to wear that. I personally love a great statement necklace with matching earrings.
Edwardian women also love chained eyewear. They kept glasses (and sunglasses) on chains around their neck. They also wore chained opera glasses for easy convenience.
Here’s an example of chained eyewear that has a more modern look. I previously mentioned this brand in my last blog post, but Cendre has a wonderfully vintage approach to their accessories.
I personally love the Edwardian era. I feel very inspired by some of the shows I watch that take place in that era. What I like to do is take little details and put them into my own outfits. Just a fun hobby I have. But I thought it be nice to share some of the things I am inspired by when I see dresses like this one. Because the minute I saw the dress I knew I could do in Edwardian look with it.
I’m not sure if that was Julia’s intention but I took it there. You can take vintage a away from a girl but never out of her!
What do you think of the Edwardian look? Do you think you would incorporate some Edwardian elements into your style? Or do you think certain styles are meant to stay in the past?
I’m curious to know – because more often than not modern fashion is inspired by vintage trends.
Think of the 70s transfer seeing this summer and fall. That’s a perfect example of how one era can influence another. But I’m not sure how far back fashion will go. I do hope that we do see some Edwardian and Victorian elements in the near future. It would be lovely to find some more feminine and romantic details in clothing that I feel is not often there.
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