After finishing the Little House books, I read a couple books about Mail Order brides from the 1800s-early 1900s looking to homestead, as there was a high demand for women out west. A lot of people are also aware of how huge Gibson girls were during those times too. When I bought this vintage dress I just had to play around with my hair and make it looks like the many Mail Order bride photos I saw. Those of you who have been following me for a long time might remember I did an entries about my great-grandparents & great-great grandparents, and I dressed up like this when I went to see Sherlock Holmes in theatres. Going out in public like this really doesn’t bother me and it’s actually quite fun.

Basically I worked through 4 layers of hair doing different things to each to maintain this style! I slept in my hair so the bottom curls were about 4 pieces and combined in the middle of the night – so oh well there.  I have a lot of hair and it goes to my waist so it really lost length to get the height! Women back then had hair that went to the floor!
Check out the great ruffles in this dress. It was windy when I took these today.
I’m already a Bride :: blushes ::
Outfit Details:
Vintage 70s Dress – Miskabelle Vintage
Shoes – Paprika @ Lulu*s
Cameo Necklace – c/o Gigi (giveaway win at A ‘La Modest)
Flower Hairclip – Lila-Jo

Belt – Delia*s

Before I go, I want to show you some REAL brides from that time period.

I thought it was really awesome to find this photo especially because she’s wearing something similar to what I’m wearing here!
This is Anna Berger in 1903

1890s – ladies getting some water at the mill
1890s in Kansas

This is one of the books I read recently in case you would like to read some of the stories for yourself. Some are happy and others very sad and tragic. 😦 You also get to read a bunch of real ads that were printed back then from women and men looking for marriage.

Join the conversation! 49 Comments

  1. You look beautiful! Wow, you are so creative with your hair! I can only hope mine will grow that long one day.The dress is very pretty and goes with the hair perfectly!

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  2. Wow, awesome job. It looks sooo good!

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  3. Victoria, the dress and hair are gorgeous! The top portion of that dress reminds me so much of the vintage blouse I wore on Christmas combined with the collared neckline of my blouse that I wore for work in one of my posts! You are pretty and pretty talented with retro hairdos. Hehe.The pictures you posted of real brides have beautiful gowns too. Mail order brides are still common in the Philippines! Also, thanks so much for the mention 🙂

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  4. Oh my, that hairstyle is just delightful! And the pictures are beautiful too. xx CharlotteTuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  5. You are just amazing! Your hairdo is so intricate and your dress is amazing too. You got the look downpat – Well, OF COURSE you do – why do I even mention this? You perfect anything you put your mind to!Beautiful shots too 🙂 ♥ the final one of you

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  6. Wow! Love it! The hair is fabulous! Almost makes me want to grown mine out.

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  7. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous!! I love love love your hair here; I like the way your curls turned into one big lock. I love the historic pics, too– that 1890s Kansas gal is wearing my dream dress!

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  8. Your hair is incredible! What a great cut that offers such versatility!

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  9. i always love the old pictures you include with your outfits.can i say that your hair looks amazing. i wish i had your hair skills!!!beautiful as always love..!!!!xoox

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  10. wow, your hair looks amazing! beautiful job!

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  11. Unbelievable hair, dress, shoes, story, post. You are so creative and I admire that so much!!! Dawn Suitcase Vignettes.

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  12. This is amazing! What a cool outfit and post. I loooove the Little House books, and I've been re-reading them recently. I just finished The Long Winter. I'm intrigued by the mail-order bride book recommendation! I just might have to check it out or order from Amazon.

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  13. So Pretty! I want a dress like that in black sooo bad.

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  14. I dream of having a dress like that! You look absolutely divine! ❤

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  15. wow, you captured that look perfectly!This look is perfectly classy. I have yet to see such a lovely item in a giveaway- lucky!jenniwells.blogspot.com

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  16. Such a pretty outfit! I love really dressing up from time to time like this too. I had a pretty 70s era dress that I sold last year that harkened back to the late 1800s look. So fun to dress up in!Thanks for the book recommendation too. My library doesn't have this particular one (boo hoo) but has some other interesting titles along the same lines. I went through a huge pioneer/Little House on the Prairie phase as a kid, and am thinking I'd like to revisit it again! :)♥ Casey

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  17. Dang, that is dedication your hair looks 100% authentic!! I didn't know about mail order brides and the west and i'm pretty intrigued (I'm gonna go google it in a bit!)–I'm such a history freak but I'm glad that you are too :)xxMILK TEETHS

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  18. This post is so interesting to me. I don't know why I never knew about all of this. I guess I am surprised that I didn't know and that I am surprised by it! Wow. I love how you created such an authentic look but still manage to keep a really great modern edge somehow. I mean, the look is so authentic, but maybe just the fact that I am viewing it on a blog, and that the time we live in is so accepting of any type of clothing expression just makes this seem very fashion forward (I guess what I am trying to say so ineloquently is that although this is a seemingly period way of dressing, our current time and media outlets embrace going back as a way of moving forward. Still a jumble of words but you seem to be whip quick. I am sure you get me.) Allrighty, well. ya. Such a great post. food for thought.

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  19. This is fabulous! You look amazing-I want to give your hair applause. You and all the brides have awesome dresses. Thanks for the history lesson.

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  20. I love playing dress up and I see you do too! there's no reason why we should stop having fun with clothes when we grow up. This entire look is immaculate, the dress is stunning. Women of different eras always inspire me!

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  21. You look absolutely beautiful! That 70s dress is amazing and perfectly matches your gorgeous hair.Also, thank you very much for featuring me on your lovely tumblr!*Ena*

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  22. PERFECT! The dress is so pretty, and I absolutely love your hair that way. You always manage to perfectly portray the feel of the style you wear in your photographs. (I hope that makes sense?)

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  23. OMG…This is so amazing! I love the whole entire look 🙂 You are so talented!

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  24. I love this outfit and hairstyle!From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  25. Absolutely lovely! You look like a photograph that came to life! Such a pretty dress! And the background complements the whole look too.   ♥ Teresa ♥ Pretty Dandy

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  26. I'm catching up on all my blog reading and holy cow! I love, love, love this outfit. It's exactly the era and style I've been obsessed with for a while now. And that book sounds fascinating! I may have to do an ephemera post on mail order brides now. =)

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  27. amazing look, great dress, love it

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  28. Love this dress and how you've made it work for 2011! Great effort with the hair too, that's dedication!

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  29. This is lovely. You look so authentic, straight from that time period. About a year ago I thrifted the whole box set of Little House books for $2 and then while flipping through one of them, found a $2 bill tucked inside! I never read them as a kid and am looking forward to doing so with Clover.

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  30. i agree with missa, if these pictures were in black and white you'd look straight out of the 1800's. i love the collar, and how well you were able to replicate the hairstyle.

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  31. This is amazing. The dress, your hair, everything is so incredible. xxMaria

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  32. Hi dear, absolutely no issues between us! I'm touched that you cared to write back! I meant to resubmit but kept forgetting, I will get to it soon! I've been exhausted/sick this week so my commenting on blogs has been minimal, which is why I missed this beautiful outfit! You look like you stepped out of a different time period. Wow, absolutely stunning photos of you!

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  33. LOVE this dress!! Also the inspiration photos to go with it are great. I really like when you put them in your entries!Thanks for telling me about Atlantic City. I would love to hear about any interesting places we could visit in the area. I think you would love D.C. The Smithsonian is the best. At least that's my opinion!! HahaI have had so many different opinions on NYC, but I want to go there at least once. I enjoy visiting big cities, but I live in a rural area. By the end of trips I am usually very ready to get back to a little town!Did your friend enjoy Foamhenge? My husband and I love to visit odd things like that. He has family in Kansas and there are lots of quirky things there. Like the world's largest frying pan!

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  34. This is amazing, and it's so cool that you're inspired by history. It makes me want to read more about these mail order brides. It reminds me of some movie I saw in middle school where the mom dies, and then the dad orders a wife and the kids don't like her at first but then they do…? I think that's what it was about! Anyway, this whole post really makes me feel nostalgic for something I've never experienced.

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  35. these photos are incredible. You look stunning and I love your inspiration. I swear you look like you could have walked out of one of the pictures. I am continually impressed by the creative and cool things that you can do with your hair!

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  36. oh my this dress is gorgeous!!rebeccawithanR

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  37. Beautiful post. I am obsessed with Gibson girls. I think I am going to look for that book at the library.

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  38. Beautiful post. I am obsessed with Gibson girls. I think I am going to look for that book at the library.

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  39. oh my this dress is gorgeous!!rebeccawithanR

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  40. LOVE this dress!! Also the inspiration photos to go with it are great. I really like when you put them in your entries!Thanks for telling me about Atlantic City. I would love to hear about any interesting places we could visit in the area. I think you would love D.C. The Smithsonian is the best. At least that's my opinion!! HahaI have had so many different opinions on NYC, but I want to go there at least once. I enjoy visiting big cities, but I live in a rural area. By the end of trips I am usually very ready to get back to a little town!Did your friend enjoy Foamhenge? My husband and I love to visit odd things like that. He has family in Kansas and there are lots of quirky things there. Like the world's largest frying pan!

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  41. i agree with missa, if these pictures were in black and white you'd look straight out of the 1800's. i love the collar, and how well you were able to replicate the hairstyle.

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  42. Love this dress and how you've made it work for 2011! Great effort with the hair too, that's dedication!

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  43. I love this outfit and hairstyle!From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  44. wow, you captured that look perfectly!This look is perfectly classy. I have yet to see such a lovely item in a giveaway- lucky!jenniwells.blogspot.com

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  45. This is amazing! What a cool outfit and post. I loooove the Little House books, and I've been re-reading them recently. I just finished The Long Winter. I'm intrigued by the mail-order bride book recommendation! I just might have to check it out or order from Amazon.

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  46. i always love the old pictures you include with your outfits.can i say that your hair looks amazing. i wish i had your hair skills!!!beautiful as always love..!!!!xoox

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  47. Oh my, that hairstyle is just delightful! And the pictures are beautiful too. xx CharlotteTuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  48. You look beautiful! Wow, you are so creative with your hair! I can only hope mine will grow that long one day.The dress is very pretty and goes with the hair perfectly!

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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).

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