Neo-Victorian: Alternative Curves

1In the middle of taking these photos in my front yard my sister rocked up with my niece. I walked to the car with the umbrella and started saying in a heavy Irish accent, “Good Morning, Ma’am. Would you like tea and scones now served in the drawing room?” and other such things. It was hilarious…well, to me anyway. My mum told me that I would only be a servant of Victorian times if I wore black and white. I counter argued that I could be at a funeral and she retorted that I’d then be in ALL BLACK. I thought quickly and said, ‘well, erm, not if I was going to my husband’s funeral that I’d secretly poisoned with arsenic and was pretending to be mourning but was actually glad he was dead cos I could then have his fortune and continue rogering the sexy gardener in peace – hence wearing white.” Andddddd that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Neo-Victorian is the theme of Alt Curves for February and I’m starting early cos I know Feb is gonna be a busy month for me. I was pretty pleased with how this look came together and the back-story I created that is well aligned with my femme fatale/black widow fascination (outfit femme fatale inspired post here and a top 5 hottest femme fatale post here) . In terms of what I put together, I had all the clothes already except the hat which I thrifted for $5. I know it isn’t quite Victorian and if I could find a tiny pillbox hat instead, I totally would have gone with it, but, at least with this theme I can shout NEO if anyone wants to criticize the gazillion historical inaccuracies with my outfit. I’m also loving my bustle (totes made with a cushion) and wondering with the current apparent ‘ASS’ trend when the bustle is gonna come back in? Originally it was to accentuate womens’ waists, but surely it can be brought back into mainstream fashion somehow? Hmm?

Mum took these pictures for me and said I had to pose in front of the flame tree while it was in bloom. Aren’t the flowers awesome but as soon as I say ‘flame tree’ I have the song in my head for like 3 days… Anyway, I’ll leave you with the photos, isn’t play dress ups FUN?

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This is my favourite photo of me for the storyline I invented – you can see the widow’s guilt as her steely facade seems to crack. The skull earring poking out from under her mourning hat gives a hint of what she’s done.


 Don’t forget to check out the other alt curve babes interpretation of this theme, oh, and if you are an alt curve babe! Join us!

Other themes we’ve done so far are:

Time Travel 

Leader of the Pack

Alternative Fairytale

Riot Grrrl Heroines 


Do you think this Victorian black widow will get away with murder?

xox Jacqui




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12 Comments on Neo-Victorian: Alternative Curves

  1. Kristina @ Eccentric Owl
    February 1, 2015 at 6:55 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! You’ve made me want to see what I have to join in, because dressing up in costumes is pretty much the best thing ever. And Neo-Victorian garb is… yes. So much yes. I have a top hat that would completely work for this theme, too.
    I love the story you came up with for your outfit, too! And the bustle. Man, if the butt-enhancing bustle ever comes back in, I may not even need a bustle to fit in. My butt is already big enough ;).
    You look fantastic!

    • Kristina @ Eccentric Owl
      February 1, 2015 at 7:14 pm (2 months ago)

      *join in, even though I’m probably not fantastically curvy enough. I’ll just pretend I am and admire everyone else!

    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 5, 2015 at 6:55 am (2 months ago)

      Thanks Kristina, nothing wrong with an in-built bustle! :D

  2. Lady parisienne
    February 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm (2 months ago)

    What a great post, I’m crazy about the scenery you did, Wow!! And this outfit is incredible!
    Very very well done!

  3. Kobi Jae
    February 2, 2015 at 6:11 am (2 months ago)

    YES!! You nailed it!! Bahaha that back story cracked me up – I bet your mum had a bewildered chuckle at it all.

    Seriously, your butt looks amazing. I’m considering wearing a bustle all the time IRL.

    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 5, 2015 at 6:58 am (2 months ago)

      hehehehe, i love me a good backstory. My mum didn’t do the bewildered chuckle at all – she was way into it.

    February 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm (2 months ago)

    You are on the ball!

    Love the back story, it cracked me up!


    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 5, 2015 at 6:59 am (2 months ago)

      hehehehe thanks Margot, I can’t wait to see everyone else’s!

  5. ezmae
    February 6, 2015 at 12:17 am (2 months ago)

    Sometimes I imagine you on the cover of Vogue. You are amazing.

    • Jacqueline Stewart
      February 21, 2015 at 4:53 am (2 months ago)

      ahahaha, thanks – that’s a great compliment. x


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