Godey's Lady's Book (1867)
This is a drawing from a September 1867 issue of the Godey's Lady's Book. In this drawing you can see that the bottom of the dress or the skirt is bell shaped and is detailed with frills and folds. The gowns to the right had long sleeves and high necklines which was the trend of this decade. The corset made the waist very thin and you can see these ladies with their common accessories such as fans, purses, and scarves.
Demorest's Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1876/1877)
Above is a real copy of the 1876/1877 Demorest's Monthly Magazine and to right is a drawing from inside the magazine. As you can see from the picture, the dress contained many ruffles and the back is tied to reveal the underskirt. The bustle is small because around this time the large bustle was going out of style. Corsets were worn to make the waist thin and make the front of the dress have a flat look.
Godey's Lady's Book (1880)
This is a drawing from a November 1880 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. In this drawing you can see the bustle in the back of the dress that created a more wide back of the dress that was very detailed with frills and drapes along the back and side of the dress. The women in the white dress is wearing a jersey. This was a high necked sweater worn other the skirt to the hips and had tight sleeves with short wrists. Corsets were still common around this time.
Weldon's Ladies' Journal (1895)
To the right is a drawing from an April 1895 issue of Weldon's Ladies' Journal. In the drawing you can see that the waist is larger than the other decades and the dresses/blouses had puffs on the shoulders and cuffed around the wrists. The extravagant amount of ruffles and drapes subsided after the 1880s and the dresses became more simple. The skirts were commonly shaped like a tulip and the dress was tight around the waist and flared. The woman to the far left is wearing a blouse separate from the skirt given by the white blouse under her jacket.