This picture features the first female gardeners working in Kew Gardens in 1896. They were required to dress like men so they wouldn't be a "distraction".
I was googling around and found that Victorians loved to see young women dressed like men and referred to them as "bifurcated girls". Vanity Fair had a special edition with pictures of them in various states of cross dress.
Seems it was so novel to see a woman dressed like a man that it became a sort of trend or fetish. You'd never think that the Victorians would be open to gender bending. Maybe we're the prudes.