How Do Vampires Affect Victorian Fashion? (Parasol Protectorate Special Extras)

My favorite thought experiments with the Parasolverse, Gentle Reader, revolve around fashion. Are you surprised?

So, how do vampires affect Victorian fashion?

  • Pale skin is in vogue and undead pallor much admired
  • Cravats are universal, because they cover over neck marks in drones (who tend to be male)
  • The clean shaven face is trendy in London – vampires, after all, can’t grow beards (in France, on the other hand, where the supernatural is actively hunted – men are prone to wearing large mustaches)
  • On the flip side, carved wooden hair sticks and silver cravat pins show a marked increase in popularity among those less enamored of the supernatural set
  • As does snuff (werewolves hate snuff, it makes them sneeze) and Earl Grey Tea (Vampires dislike citrus oils). In London, as a result, both snuff and Earl Grey are considered very vulgar. (On a similar note, while Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey was clearly a progressive in favor of supernatural integration, he was known to dislike the vampire contingent due to a long standing association with the military and thus the werewolf packs. This explains why this particular tea was named after him.)
  • Of course, gentlemen choose their clubs carefully based on association: Boodles (the country gentry) and Whites (the Corinthian set) still exist, but so do Sangria (catering to vampires), Clarets (for werewolves and their military associates), and, naturally, the Hypocras Club (particularly designed for the scientifically inclined gentleman, whomever his patron may be).

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“You know, all writers are vampires and they’ll look around and they watch you when you’re not even thinking they’re watching you and they’ll slip stuff in.”

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