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Wednesday, October 26th 2011

Victorian Revival

On left, the Veiltail Long Skirt, by Jen Kao; on right, the Patricia Skirt, by Joanna August.

Somehow it snuck up on us: long skirts, pintucked blouses, lace-up boots, fur-trimmed coats and capes, even the essential big-bodied up-do. Add it all up and it’s a recipe for a Victorian revival. A far cry from the ’70s prairie-based New Romantic look, today’s antique styles are decidedly more citified.

To get the look, begin with a high-waisted maxi skirt (Jen Kao and DSQARED2 both offer mysterious, nearly gothic designs) and an inspired pair of lace-up booties. Balance any potential sharpness with a soft silk or lace blouse and a demure Belle Noel locket. For outerwear, pick your pretty poison: a fur coat or a swingy cape are equally appropriate.


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