How to Wear the Victoriana Look Modernly

The next big trend to watch is the 1800s Victoriana fashion which is known for high necks, ruffles, lace, and subtle gothic touches. If you like the idea of this look but worry about it translating to the present times, keep on reading for our fashion tricks on how to wear the Victoriana look modernly.

Team your bell-sleeved ensembles with classic or modern silhouettes.

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Seemingly the most modern of the Victorian touches, bell-sleeved ensembles can be an avant-garde statement to your modern looks, depending on its style. For a casual-cool style, resort to bell-sleeved tops with oversized flares that will go perfectly with jeans and mules. To add some trendy touches to your office style, draw inspiration from Blair Eadie’s look of wearing a bell-sleeved top with a pair of straight leg pants, or Mary Orton’s style wearing an off-shoulder dress with bell-sleeved style yet in a form-fitting silhouette.

Add some flirty touches to your Victorian dresses with modern styling.

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Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may think of altering some of your Victorian dresses by shortening its hemlines, adding some slit, or even topping it with structured blazers. The Victorian fashion is known for its royal yet conservative nature, so you may opt for sexy slits to creatively show some skin, therefore, modernizing the ancient style. Boxy blazers, structured jackets, and architectural toppers will revamp your lace dresses making it look modern and fashion-forward.

Create unexpected looks with lace-up tops and pussy bow blouses.

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If you’re looking for ways to refresh your look, trade your classic tops with lace-ups and pussy bow blouses. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, you may replace your bow with an oversized ribbon to make it look modern and a pair of sequin pants for an added glam. Or, opt for a matching blazer and pants with modern prints that will refresh your retro piece. Like fashion blogger Michele Krusi, you may team your lace-up top with a pair of sporty sneakers to wear two trends at once.

Add some edgy touches with your high neck tops.

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A high neck top gives a Victorian base to your outfit and will look great when thrown on top of a jacquard miniskirt, jeans, leather skirt, pleated skirt, or even a band skirt. Like fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, add some eccentric touch to your looks with a high neck blouse worn with a band skirt and boots, perfect for Fashion Week outfits and street style look.

Play with your modern and Victorian accessories to dress up your outfits.

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The lace-up booties, gothic choker, gothic earrings, oxblood hat, and such can instantly add some Victorian touches to whatever outfit you’re wearing. On the contrary, if you’re wearing an already-Victorian piece, simply modernize your looks with your modern accessories like a pair of brightly-colored sandals, colorful clutch, or a quirky bag. Indeed, Victorian fashion is one of the iconic styles from the past worth reinventing for fashion-forward and trendy looks in present time.

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