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Women's Fashion Accessories

A number of accessories supplemented the woman's wardrobe in the 1880s, including fans, large parasols, earrings, handkerchief pins, sleeve-buttons, jackets, cloaks, and shawls.

Jewelry remained an integral part of the 1880s costume, such as earrings, necklaces, sleeve-buttons, bar pins on the lapels, and handkerchief pins. Novelty jewelry became popular, touting humorous subjects on large pins and brooches. The women in the image below display the various types of jewelry popular during the decade.

1880s Jewelry

1880s Jewelry: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995

Large fans were popular for parties or visits, and large parasols were carried in the sun. The woman in the image below coquettishly hides behind her large fan.

1880s Fan

1880s Fan: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa

The long narrow jacket of the 1870s remained popular during the early 1880s. Tightly woven jackets with hoods (called "waterproof" jackets) were worn outdoors. Jackets and cloaks were often double-breasted and had high, straight collars buttoned to the top and narrow shoulders. Fur wraps and shawls were also popular. The woman and girls in the images below display the long, fitted jackets of the 1880s.

1880s Long Jackets 1880s Long Jackets

1880s Long Jackets: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa

The woman on the left wears a high-collar, short jacket, and the woman on the right wears a fur wrap.

1880s High-collar Jacket and Fur Wrap

1880s High-collar Jacket and Fur Wrap: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa

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