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.