The women in the four images below all sport rather large bustles.
The bustle sat high at the back, and the side of the dress was pulled into high puffs with deeply folded apron drapes.
This broad-hipped style lasted from 1883 to 1886, and the bustle reached its maximum size in 1886.
1880s Lavish, Narrow Skirts: Image courtesy of Joan L.
Severa After 1882, skirts became wider again, and the back became more accentuated - all leading up to the revival of the bustle in 1883.
The form of the skirt again changed dramatically in the 1880s, with new arrangements of folds, drapes, and pleats, and a reappearance of the bustle.
Both skirts and bodices continued to receive a lot of trim and frill, and the styles remained quite exuberant.