- Why was Victorian Era etiquette important in society?
- Who was etiquette for?
- What were some rules or manners they had to follow?
Why was etiquette important in society?
- Queen Victoria set a high standard for society and everyone wanted to live up to those expectations.
- It was important to show that you were upper class.
- Women often held tea parties to practice their manners.
- Schools offered not only academic opportunities, but training for girls in social graces and proper etiquette. This was important because the goal for girls was to attract a husband.
Who was etiquette for?
- Etiquette was for the upper and middle classes because the lower class didn't have time for etiquette.
- A person's etiquette and manners were associated with their status and wealth, similar to the type of car someone drives today.
What were some rules or manners they had to follow?
- Be gracful, effortless and elegant when dancing.
- Never leave a lady unattended.
- Don't talk too loud or show too much emotion.
- Ladies curtesy and men bow or tip their hats.
- Etiquette played a part in Victorian clothing. It was considered 'good etiquette' to dress appropriately to ones age, and position in society.
- Girls wear corsets and their hair tied up.
- For younger girls, it was the goal to have a waist the same size of your waist in inches. For example, a sixteen year old girl would strive for a 16 in waist
- Fair or pale complexion is best