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1860s Looped-Up Walking Skirts

In the 1860s, walking skirts were sometimes looped up to be shorter and therefore more practical, as well as to protect the skirt from mud and dirt. Drawn-up skirts revealed the outer petticoat which – formerly plain – became coloured, striped (called a Balmoral skirt), or embroidered as a consequence. Usually looped-up skirts were worn over a hooped Balmoral petticoat, but this photograph shows a lady without hoop skirt. Looped-up skirts were worn for walking, at the seaside, for travelling, and for sports such as : croquet, ice skating, hiking, mountaineering, and glacier excursions.

1860s Looped-Up Walking Skirts
-> my mid-Victorian day dress

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