When it comes to style of dress, of hair, and of colour in fashion, I find the Victorians a massive let-down from the glories of the pre-Regency and Regency era: the Georgian era considered from the 1790s and extended under George III's sons George IV and William IV, of whom Alexandrina Victoria was niece (yes, she wisely dropped the first of the names she was christened with). Where the men were colourful and dashing -- dress, cut of cloth, breeches, natural head hair (in locks) and clean-shaven with sideburns to accentuate the face, the Victorians were everything I hate: somber attire and black everything for the men, matched by unerotic religious-loony facial hair (why did the women not rebel?). I would have told the man to 'shave it or slave it to your dreams, cause I won't be there in reality'. Then there is the other sex, locked in clunky dark tank-like dresses (did they move on wheels?); and hair-wise, that boring artificial and annoying center part with glued-down lifeless long hair on ALMOST EVERY WOMAN YOU SEE. It is very rare to glimpse a photo or portrait of a Victorian woman after about 1840 without hair like this:
Though usually she was less romantic, with a lace headdress and black dress that did nothing for her, like this:
Sometimes they wore ludicrous cakelike hats, but mostly they seem to have emulated their squat queen, who looked so often like Archie Bunker in lace:
This identical flat-iron railroad hair drives me bonkers. Even a woman with curly hair had to attempt it, with unsexy results. You can see this in the case of Mary Evans, aka George Eliot, whose alias suited her because frankly she could pass as James Delingpole in drag.
I just do not like the Victorian style at all, when it comes to clothes and hair and no doubt interior decorating, as well. The styles before that were so exquisite -- so colourful yet masculine for the men, so graceful, delicate, lively, and flattering for the women: WHAT HAPPENED? And why did the oppressive, boring, drab, and dead-end Victorian style last, with only minor variations, essentially supreme until almost the next century?