One word that describes the Victorian woman with regard to fashion is modest.
Women in the Victorian era followed rigid guidelines regarding conduct, conversation, and clothing. A lady could relax her dress some in the evening, perhaps showing a bit of her neck and a minimal portion of her chest, but by day a Victorian woman was generally covered from her head to her toes, with only her face visible beneath her stylish bonnet.
Clothing was often worn a number of times before it was laundered. One of the ways they would keep a gown looking fresh was to change the collar frequently.
Here are three pictures of an accessory used by Victorian women for decoration as well as for filling in the neckline of a bodice to achieve the desired level of modesty.
Can you guess the name of the item? Since it’s an unusual word that comes to us from the French language, I’ll give you the five letters, but I’ll mix them up: h i c u f.
Leave your guess in a comment.
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Update and Answer
fichu – pronounced fiSh-oo