n a previous post, we discussed 1880s outerwear of a more practical outerwear nature and illustrated it with some examples. Today, we focus in just a bit more with this one particular 1880s coat style as illustrated in the November 7, 1886 issue of La Mode de Illustree:
Manteau et toque en peluche garnis de fourrure – Coat and hat trimmed in plush and fur.
This is a very practical style, to say the least and here’s an extant coat from circa 1885 that replicates this design to a great degree:
Coat, c. 1885; Chicago History Museum (1960.592)
This coat is made from a light brown silk velvet plush and trimmed on the opening edges and hem with an ivory lambs wool. The coat is also lined in the same ivory lambs wool and there are interior ties to help create a snug fit. The center back has an opening to accommodate the bustle/train. This example is probably a bit more on the high end. But just to show that coat styles were not limited to high-end clientele, below are some sample pages from the Strawbridge & Clothier Quarterly Catalog for Spring 1883:
While a coat may not be necessary for a recreated wardrobe, it’s still good to know about the range of garments that were available back in the 1880s and if nothing else, it’s interesting to see how outerwear was constructed to accommodate what was worn underneath.
t’s technically Fall here in Southern California but from the 100 degree-plus temperatures we’ve been having, one wouldn’t think so…and naturally with Fall our thoughts turn to outerwear. Towards this end, today’s post is a selection of more practical style of outerwear that were available in the 1880s so enjoy!
uterwear, and especially practical outerwear, is something that’s typically overlooked in fashion and the late 1880s were no exception. This all got started with this interesting picture dated from 1881:
Yankton, South Dakota, 3d street looking west from Walnut. 1881
And from there, we found some interesting examples starting with this 1880s coat from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Coat, c. 1880s; Metropolitan Museum of Art (C.I.52.44)
And here’s another example that’s dated from circa 1883:
Women’s Coat, American, c. 1883; Metropolitan Museum of Art (1982.348.3)
This coat is almost very similar to the one worn by the woman in the center front of the picture. And just for fun, here’s a more elaborate design by John Redfern:
Redfern, Women’s Coat, 1888; Chicago History Museum (1987.471.1a-)
Three-Quarter Side View
Three-Quarter Rear View
This coat design is a women’s version of the Inverness coat/cloak with tailored lines designed to work with the bustled dress style characteristic of the late 1880s. The above is only a small sample but it does give an idea of the sort of outerwear that was found in the 1880s.