Victorian clothes

In the Victorian period, every item of clothing bought had to be made especially for the person buying it. Seamstresses and tailors were responsible for making clothes.

Poor Victorians bought their clothes from second-hand shops. They were often made from wool or cotton in dark colours because this was cheaper and the dirt didn't show as much. They looked ragged and would have been mended and patched for as long as possible. Many couldn't afford to buy shoes.

Children usually wore miniature versions of adult clothes. Boys wore dresses until they were about five years old.