We’re half way through Lerner Fashion Week, but we’ve kept some of the best looks for last! Today, we’re taking a closer look at Civil War Fashions with Hoopskirts, Union Blues, and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions from 1861 to 1865.
Although I love a cute skirt from time to time, the cover image above makes me adore a good pair of pants! But who deserves credit for making pants a part of a woman’s every day wardrobe? Meet editor Amelia Bloomer! Ms. Bloomer promoted loose-fitting trousers under knee-length tunics or skirts in her newspaper, Lily. Soon trousers were called bloomers after the best-known woman in pants!
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Stay tuned for more Lerner Fashion Week! Tomorrow we’ll look at homemade and homespun clothing that will make you appreciate the wardrobe that you have today!