Fashions For August 1831

Hello everyone,

this has been a very busy week for me so far so I haven’t had much time to blog. So, while I finish writing a couple of book reviews and put the finishing touches to a post about Queen Amastris (which should go live tomorrow if anything goes as planned), I thought I may post a few more pictures of pretty dresses. I hope you’ll enjoy them and if not, please bear with me for a little while. More interesting posts will follow soon..

Here are a few examples of what fashionable ladies were wearing in August 1831. It seems that in France huge sleeves were still very popular. Honestly, I’m not digging this trend at all, those sleeves look just weird and cheapen the dress somewhat. Such a shame as the patterns of the dresses and the head wear is gorgeous! I think the English fashion of this period is prettier tbh. How about you?



A white jaconot muslin dress; the corsage square, and gathered round the top into a band, which is lightly embroidered at each edge; the fullness disposed in small plaits, arranged en coeur. The sleeve is an improvement on the imbecille form, very large at top, and wide, but not extravagantly so at the wrist. Two deep flounces of rich embroidery, placed one immediately above the other, go round the border, and reach rather above the knee. The apron is of changeable gros de Naples, lilac shot with white: it is arranged in bands, disposed en coeur before and behind, and ornamented on each shoulder, and at the back of the ceinture, with noeuds of ribbon to correspond. English lace cap; the caul of moderate height; the trimming of the front light, short at the ears, and partially drooping over the left side of the forehead: it is trimmed with knots of cut ribbon to correspond with the apron; the brides fasten in bows and ends on the right side.


A dress of mousseline de soie, white figured in gold colour; the corsage cut plain and square behind, and in crossed drapery and very low in front. A guimpe, that is a plain standing up tucker of blond lace, is seen in the centre of the bosom only. Beret sleeves, of the usual form. The hair is turned back in a low soft bow on each side of the forehead, which is ornamented with a gold ferroniere, and disposed in full bows on the summit of the head. A blond lace scarf is arranged in the lappet style round the bows: it is attached by a bouquet of roses placed in front, and another behind. Neck chain, bracelets, &c, gold, of rich but light workmanship.



A dress composed of a new material called gaze favorite; figured in perpendicular wreaths of small blue and yellow flowers alternately, on a white ground. Plain corsage, cut bias, very low and square. The sleeve is of the usual size at the top, but diminishes gradually, so as to sit close to the arm at the wrist. The jockeys are deep, open on the shoulders, and edged with a fancy silk trimming of a very light and novel kind. Hat composed of white moire, trimmed on the inside of the brim with coques of gris Mas gauze ribbon, in the centre of which is a sprig of fancy flowers to correspond. A full bouquet of flowers, surrounded by light bows of ribbon, ornaments the crown. The jewellery worn with this dress should be pearls.


A gaze de laine dress; a white ground figured in columns of lilac flowers between bright green stripes. Corsage very low and square, draped in the Grecian style across the front; the back is plain. The chemisette is of embroidered tulle, trimmed with the same material: the trimming falls over the corsage. A lappel, narrow at the bottom, but broad on the shoulders and back, forms the bust, en coeur, and is arranged in the pelerine style behind: it is edged with white fancy trimming. The sleeve is quite tight to the fore part of the arm, and very large at top. Hat of citron-coloured moire, trimmed under the brim with coques of bright green gauze ribbon, and a panache of cocks feathers’ the colour of the ribbon, placed on the left side. The front of the crown is trimmed with a knot composed of long light bows of ribbon, and a panache drooping to the right side. Fancy jewellery must be worn with this dress.


A printed muslin dress, rose-coloured and white stripes figured in a running pattern of green. Plain high corsage, and sleeves of the Medicis form. Cambric canezou, with a double trimming of the same material, lightly scolloped at the edges; it has a deep-falling collar cut in points, which are also scolloped at the edges. Bonnet of rice straw, trimmed on the inside of the brim with cut ends of figured rose-colour and brown gauze ribbon; two bouquets, each consisting of a full-blown rose, with buds and foliage, decorate the crown; the one is placed on the left side near the top, the other on the right, at the bottom. The shawl is printed cachemire, disposed en echarpe.

What do you think of these dresses? Do you prefer the English or French fashions?

Further reading:
LA Belle Assemblée, Vol.14

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