As the 18th century was coming to a close, women’s fashion took on some changes. In art and architecture, many things from ancient Greece had become fashionable and this had an effect on fashion too. Skirts became narrower and waists became higher. Gowns had less lace, frills, and ruffles.The fashion canvas of the 18th century changed radically as the 19th century began and simpler, lighter brushstrokes were applied.
Fashion in the first two decades mimicked classical Grecian drapery with its fluid lines. Bodices were minimal, cut to end under the bust thereby achieving a high waist that defined the silhouette. Necklines were predominantly low. Sleeves could be long or short. The fiddle-back bodice, with side, back and shoulder seams that were placed to. Some fashions in the early 1800’s made women look much like statues of Greek goddesses! Get ready for this bizarre list of garments women wore in the 1800’s