The sleeves are one of the most distinguishing features of the 1890s costume.
Anyway, if you’re really in it to win it, wear your hair down. The same study also reported that women whose photos were taken indoors received 60 per cent more messages than those who were shot outdoors.
There are also websites that collect details of photographers. Again, look online for different sleeve shapes through the ages and try to find ones that match those in the photograph. For the 20th century, dress length can be quite revealing.
Always judge by the younger women in the photograph if possible.
Boxes of old photographs can sometimes come down the family with no indication of who the sitters are.
With a date, you can narrow the field of possible suspects and even, sometimes put a name to a face as it stares back at you from the past: Look at the format.