pwassonne (pwassonne) wrote in little_details,

Upper-class girls' mode of dress in 1850s-60s England

Hello ^^ So, I'm writing this fanfiction where the main character is an upper-class girl. She is 10-11 at the beginning of the story, which probably takes place in the late 1850s.
I will need to talk about clothing in detail because the setting calls for it. Here are my questions:

1. At what age would girls start wearing corsets at that time? Were girls' corsets / stays any different than womens'? (For example, could a girl possibly lace herself?)

2. Did girls wear different types of dresses / change several times a day like women did?

I googled things such as "girls' clothing victorian era" "victorian children's clothes" but the results are never as detailed as what I could find for women's fashion.
About corsets, I've found very contradictory answers, some sources saying girls wore corsets as early as 5-6yo and others saying around puberty...

Thank you very much ^^
Tags: 1850-1859, 1860-1869, uk: history: victorian era, ~clothing

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