Besides the research tips provided below, there are also great ways to piggyback further research off the initial sources one finds. Many of the resources provided in this guide have their own citations which can be accessed online. When searching for more information, use the citations to guide you--if they are being used by a source you trust, they are most likely great new avenues to go down.
If restrictions permit, visit museums and special collections that contain exhibitions of clothing. There is nothing more magical than seeing a historic garment right before your eyes (even if you and the garment are separated by plate glass). The cards and written information will be informative, but there are also typically docents at museums who are ready with more information about the exhibits.
If there is an article that you have enjoyed reading and want to learn more about the topic on which it was written, see if you can reach out directly to the article's author, typically via email. Many of them are happy to discuss their scholarship and to answer questions you might have come up with while engaging with their research. Some of our most valuable resources are the people who do the research firsthand.
The research process can be greatly streamlined if one knows just how to do it! Feel free to use these tips to help you while you look for information on your chosen topic.
Some suggested search terms for general fashion history resources: fashion history, history of fashion, medieval women's clothing, renaissance fashion, regency fashion, victorian fashion, edwardian silhouettes, evolution of women's fashion, etc.
Simmons University Library also has a wealth of information on how to perform better searches in their How-To Guides. Feel free to explore this guide as well to help inform your research!