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A Neo-Victorian Lifestyle is a combination of Victorian or Edwardian aesthetics, customs, and vintage habits merged with select modern characteristics. The Victorian era was during the time of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Edwardian Era (King Edward) being during (1901-1910). Historians have also extended this era to the start of the first World War (1901-1914). Some of these movements include Victorian Goth, Classic Victorian 1800s (with a few modern adaptations), Steampunk, Old West or Steampunk Goth.
This "New" Victorian Lifestyle is a modern era niche aesthetic and lifestyle. Customs, fashion, and old world home decor are just a few ways people incorporate the Neo-Victorian Lifestyle. A love for classic 19th century literature, history, and Gothic Revival or Neo-Classical Architecture is usually present.
It is up to the individual to determine how much or how little modern customs and technology one allows into their everyday life. Freedom is expressed through the artistic lens of the individual. Makeup, dress, and clothing need not be historically accurate. We can incorporate elements of fiction or fantasy. I am traditional in many ways. Yet, I can practically imagine myself living there as an unconventional Bohemian soul. Each era has it eccentrics.
I myself have a flowy Bohemian Vintage Gothic Style for home or running errands. Similar in some ways, to a more relaxed version of Stevie Nicks. Old West Style is also woven in on alternate days. For dates or more dressy occasions I wear a Neo-Victorian Gothic ensemble. Find what works for you.
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Here are a few items we have in our home that are perfect for the Neo-Victorian Lifestyle:
Have a fun week!