A History of the Heel

We think the modern high heeled shoe traces its history to the Baroque era (early 17th century). According to one version, the first wearers were French officers, whose heavy, high leather boots had the key element of a set heel. The heels were necessary so that during riding, the leg could be held in the stirrup better.

Another version of the legend says that the first heels appeared at the riders of the Golden Horde of the 13th century Mongolian Empire. Heels were needed for a comfortable ride on horseback.

A History of the Heel

The first woman who appeared in public in her high heeled shoes …

Why Do Brides Wear Veils?

The veil is one of the best-known accoutrements for a bride. Walking down the aisle in a cloud of white, she is only unveiled when she reaches the altar. How did this custom start, and why have we kept it?

Why Do Brides Wear Veil?

Why Do Brides Wear Veil?

Women’s Fashion in Victorian Britain – Part II

Women’s Fashion in Victorian Britain – Part II

The fashion of the Victorian Britain includes the silhouette of the “hourglass”. Lush, complex sleeves, thin, “spring” waist and a huge, long skirt resembling a bell. Such an intricate design was even difficult to call a dress. It was even more difficult to provide proper care for such a look. And it was very difficult to move in it, not to mention the fact that this style did not portray every woman. But the ladies, together with the craftsmen and tailors found a way. The life of the dress (which, given the complexity of its construction, was not cheap at all) was extended due to the high quality of the fabric and the restrained non-restrained colors. And that the overall look did not turn out to be too dull, women of the day adorned them with snow-white collars and cuffs, skillfully supplementing with ornaments.
In the first part, we talked only about parts of the dresses, that were mandatory for a distinguished lady’s wardrobe. The most luxurious dresses we saved, of course, for dessert:
Women's Outfits for Different Occasions in Victorian Britain - Part II

Women’s Fashion in Victorian Britain – Part I

Women’s Outfits for Different Occasions in Victorian Britain

Having taken the reins of Britain at a young age, Queen Victoria was madly in love with her husband and immensely happy with her life in general. Her subjects could feel it, too. The country was roaring into the future, full of high hopes and big dreams. Naturally, the fashion of the time reflected that optimism and excitement, with a style that focused on romance and youth. Ladies’ clothing in particular began to take on what we would call a more feminine look.

A Victorian lady’s wardrobe included, as a rule, the following outfits for different occasions:

Women's Outfits for Different Occasions in Victorian Britain

What color is your wedding dress?

What color is your wedding dress? Many are thinking, “well, white of course!” However, brides today may choose alternative colors for their gown. While there are no limits on which color you pick, we recommend you take a peek at the latest wedding trends for inspiration.
What Color is Your Wedding Dress

How to spend Valentine’s Day

Romantic Valentine’s Day – one more reason to remind your significant other of the special feelings that bind you. There are many ways to do Valentines day the traditional way, but this is Wardrobe Shop, so why not arrange a more unique experience? Our guide to a truly unique date with the love of your life, will not only be useful to you Valentine’s Day, but also on any other day in which you want to show your love for the one you love.

How to Spend Romantic Valentine's Day

Gorgeous Wedding in Nataya Vintage Dress | #MyStoryTold

Nataya Vintage Dress for Gorgeous Wedding
My name is Vicki Traylor. Several years ago I lost a lot of weight 170lbs. I was in a hospice fashion show and wore one of your gorgeous dresses (I bought it of course). A few months later I went on my first date with my new husband.
Real Bride in Nataya Vintage Dress

How to Write a Romantic Letter in Victorian Style

The most polished victorian letter writer may very well wish to have a little extra help when he or she is writing a loveletter. In victorian times, there were several letter writing manuals for this very purpose. The Lover’s Letter Writer offered advice on correct letter writing for every stage of a relationship (acquaintance, business, friendship, courtship, and marriage) and 66 example letters to suit every imaginable social need.

The Lover’s Casket was designed to aid even the most faint-hearted suitor in writing a romantic love letter. The Mystery of Love, Courtship and Marriage Explained (1890) also contained much useful advice, even sample letters to suit your special circumstances. Not having these particular manuals anymore, perhaps you will find this article a sufficient substitute.Victorian Letter Writing Guides: How to Write a Romantic Letter

My Downton Abbey Style Dress Perfectly Reflected the Art Nouveau Style of My Son’s Wedding

Downton Abbey Style Dress by Nataya Perfectly Reflected the Art Nouveau Style of My Son's Wedding | #MyStoryToldDowntown Abbey Style Dress by Nataya for My Son’s Wedding

As I was trying to decide what to wear to my son’s upcoming wedding, my mind drifted back to my own second wedding. I had decided to throw convention to the wind and wear a Sari for the big day, as it was a second wedding, and a cream or beige seemed a tad traditional. With this in mind, I began my internet search for “Downtown Abbey Style Dresses” to match the Art Nouveau style of Sebel Playford in Adelaide, where my son’s wedding reception was going to be held.

I am known for my different sense of fashion and tend to wear bright, and uniquely eclectic clothes, so with my sons direction, we decided my garb should be a little more classic for the big event. I was a little nervous about buying online. All I knew is that the bridesmaids were set to wear plum and I wanted to complement them in photographs, but I didn’t want to revert back to my classic black ensembles that I wear when I feel I need to look more sedate.