even the gowns of the upper class during the Victorian Era was too revealing! (in my opinion ... you do not have to agree)
Egads ... haven't these folks looked at those gowns!?!?
All this exposure was restricted to the upper and middle classes. Victorian working class women would never have revealed so much flesh. The décolleté style meant that the shawl became an essential feature of dresses. In the early Victorian years time corsets also lost their shoulder straps and a fashion for producing two bodices, with a closed décolletage for day and a décolleté one for evening.
may be their definition of modesty and mine are two different things
I perceive the gowns in the Victorian Era of the wealthy to be very, very, very revealing!
Effeminate Dress for Boys
there are some that want to crucify some women for wearing slacks today, but in the Victorian Era, little boys were clothed in dresses!
many little boys of the Victorian Era appear feminine by today's standards
out West there were many women that wore slacks simply because it made more sense in doing the work that they did
~ from the notes of Lady Victorian Historian