Dating and fashion
The shape of the dress changed significantly during the 1870s, and the bustle was most distinguishing feature of the new 70s fashion.
This high protuberance at the back of the skirt carried on the 1860s trend toward flat fronts with extra material gathered in the back.
1870s Shortwaisted Bodice: Image courtesy of Joan L.
Severa The woman below wears the shortwaisted basque bodice with trim at the back. A skirt with a very long jacket bodice (called a tunic, sacque, or cuirass) was fashionable during the latter half of the decade.
The woman's dress in the image on the right is drawn back from the sides.
1870s Conservative Dress: Image courtesy of Joan L.The youthful pair in the image on the right also display the mismatched checked patterns of the era 1850s Men's Attire: Image courtesy of Joan L.Severa The cut of the 1850s coat can be easily seen in the image below.During the late 1850s, unmatching checked vests and trousers were often worn together.The men in the image on the left are quite fashionably dressed in their wide, long jackets, long, straight, checked trousers, and checked, double-breasted vests.
The smock in the image below is a typical working man's smock.