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Victoriana fashion is now

For thoroughly modern misses

As longtime devotees of the cape genre, we do like the fact they don’t get in the way when you’re cycling and allow for dramatic exits in the style of a pantomime villain. This bright, fire engine red cloak makes an excellent double layer over a jacket. The Caroline cape, £155, Tara Starlet

One thing guaranteed to get your complexion looking rosier than a 19th century kitchen maid just caught with her hand in the master’s silver drawer is a generous dab of Benetint on the apples of your cheeks. *Bobs and calls people milady* Benefit Benetint, £24.50, ASOS

For that ‘saucy young strumpet at a gin palace’ effect, you need a tapestry-detail high-heeled button boot to kick up your heels in, before leading the company at large in an innuendo-infused piano singalong of Down At The Old Bull And BushBobbie’s bootie, £94.99, Irregular Choice

No Victoriana get up is complete without the kind of choker worn by the barmaid in Manet’s A Bar At The Folies-Bergère – this one has a black velvet ribbon and a silver-plated turquoise gemstone for an authentically expensive look. Zaria turquoise choker necklace, £21, rocknrose.co.uk

Velvet is making us feel very much in the party mood: this forest green velvet dress has a fitted bodice top that makes us feel like the kind of lady who might host a literary salon (only with a flippy skirt of a decidedly modern length). Skater dress, £120, Little White Lies