Skirts in the 1880s were straight, although the emphasis was still on the back. The bustle had seen a brief respite but was revived in the mid-1880s in a more exaggerated form than before. It disappeared altogether towards the end of the decade. Bodices were tight-fitting with narrow sleeves and a stand-up collar.
During the 1890s skirts were cut in a simpler A-line shape. Emphasis was now placed on the bodice, with high collars and large sleeves.
During this period, as women became more active, their clothing was adapted for a range of sports. This clothing did, however, still retain the fashionable waistline, sleeves and skirts. Among other new innovations was the breathable cotton-mesh fabric Aertex, which was invented in 1888. Less restrictive corsets were made with this mesh included to allow better air flow.