I usually provide the name of the painting and the artist but today I did not have time to add those details. On some computers when you right-click and save to your pictures the title and artist will appear. The above painting is by a contemporary artist, but the other ones are by artists from the 1800's to 1914.
These paintings are part of my "painting inspired sewing" for this year. I am going to consider making at least one of these garments, with slight changes to fit today's needs: the skirts will be less full and long without taking away the graceful style, ams the sleeves a little different. I like the above dress with the tucked bodice and collar, as well as the contrast of the sash.
Notice in this old photograph the picnic table apparently created by packed sand in the foreground, complete with cups and beverage severs. The ladies are dressed up for the beach! I prefer a more private cove with no one else around, but it appears the Victorians enjoyed the crowds.
I found these two pictures at a dress shop online called Aliexpress when searching for beach clothing. The aqua one is a lot like the ocean, and the colors of both dresses are not discordant with the natural surroundings. One reason I like the calicoes and cotton fabrics is the colors look like something in nature.
Artists of the 1800's recorded ladies "Promenade" which was the way they walked together along the shoreline in their graceful dresses.
Below are paintings by the Danish artist Michael Ancher, who painted scenes at Skagen.
The above dresses look like like some of the Victorian revival patterns from the 1980's. I notice the pattern companies feature quite a few vintage patterns, but mostly from the 1940s and 50's. They are not providing any Victorian looks.