Fashions For November 1831

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are you curious to know what dress styles were fashionable in November 1831 in England and France? Then, let’s take a look at some of these dresses below, shall we? I have to admit the only dress I like is the English dinner dress. The color is beautiful and I love the ferroniere on her head, although I’m not too keen on the sleeves. And the sleeves are the reason why I don’t like the other dresses (love the skirt of the French opera dress though). I don’t know what they were thinking making sleeves so big, they just look silly. What do you think?



A dress of white chaly, finished round the back part of the corsage, which is of a three-quarter height, with a triple fold disposed en pelerine, and descending on each side of the front in the form of an X; immediately above this trimming a light bouquet is embroidered in the centre of the bosom, in pearl-grey silk. The sleeves are of the gigot shape, embroidered at the hand in pearl-grey silk. A Grecian border is worked in light waves above the hem, and bouquets issue from it at regular distances. The pelisse worn over this dress is of pearl-grey gros de Tours. The corsage, made up to the throat, but without a collar, has a slight fulness at the bottom of the waist, before and behind. The pelerine is of moderate size, and very open on the bosom: it is trimmed with a satin rouleau, to correspond, placed at some distance from the edge. The sleeves are of the gigot shape, and of the usual size. The pelisse is open in front, and a little rounded before in the tunic style. It is trimmed down the fronts, and round the border, with a satin rouleau. Collerette fichu of white tulle, trimmed with the same material, and sustained round the throat by a neck-knot of straw-coloured gauze ribbon. The manchettes are also of tulle. The hat is of straw-coloured gros des Indes; a round crown of moderate height: the brim, deeper and wider than they have lately been worn, is trimmed on the inside with light bows of rich white gauze ribbon; a band of ribbon crosses the crown, and a profusion of bows are placed in front.


A dress of rose-coloured gaze Polonais, over a gros de Naples slip of a similar colour. The corsage is cut low; it sits close to the shape behind; the front is arranged in folds which cross so high in the centre of the bosom, that very little of the blond lace chemisette is seen. The sleeves are between the gigot and Amadis form, but incline more to the latter shape. The chemisette is made with a round collar, which falls low over the back and shoulders, and is trimmed with a double fall of blond lace. The hair is parted on the forehead, and arranged in a platted braid en couronne on the summit of the head. The ends of the braid, disposed in corkscrew ringlets, fall over the comb placed behind the couronne. A ferroniere composed of gold chain, with a ruby agraffe, is brought rather low upon the forehead. The jewellery worn with this dress should be of gold and rubies. Swansdown boa tippet.


It is composed of green satin; the shade is that called vert des Indes; it is of the capote shape, but the brim is somewhat larger than usual, and is lined with white satin, upon which blond lace is arranged en evantail. The crown is trimmed with sprigs of foliage, composed of a mixture of satin and gros des Indes, and intermixed with ears of ripe corn, of the natural colour. The curtain at the back of the crown is formed by a wreath of leaves. The mentonnieres are of blond lace.



A dress composed of rose-coloured chaly, a low corsage finished by a lappel of a perfectly novel shape, which falls very far over the sleeve, and is embroidered in a light running pattern in white floize silk. The sleeves are between the Amadis and gigot shape. The fronts and border of the dress are embroidered en tunique in white floize silk. The embroidery, narrow at the waist, becomes progressively broader, and is very rich round the border. The chemisette, which falls, en pelerine, over the bust of the dress, is trimmed with a double fall of blond lace, set on with very little fulness; it is fastened in front by a richly-chased dead gold brooch. A rose-coloured crape hat; the crown is low, and round; the brim, short at the ears, and rather deep, is ornamented on the inside with palmettes gauze ribbon to correspond: on the outside is a blond lace drapery which falls a little over the left side of the brim, turns back en bavolet, and passes under the right side, where it meets the palmettes. This drapery is ornamented with a loose rouleau of gauze ribbon, terminated at each end, by a full bow. A bouquet of rose-coloured ostrich feathers, is placed near the top of the crown on the right side. The hair is parted on the forehead. Ear-rings, bracelets, and ceinture buckle dead gold.


A high dress composed of gros de Naples; the colour, a new and extremely rich shade of brown. The corsage, made to sit close to the shape, is ornamented in a very novel style with a row of points lightly embroidered, which forms it in a heart shape before and behind. The sleeves are a l’Amadis. The pelerine is made with a standing three-pointed collar, which descends in front in the lappel style. A very broad trimming is set on full round the border of the pelerine: it is surmounted by a row of pattes with a gold button in the centre of each. Satin hat of the same colour, lined with white satin but bordered with the material of the hat round the edge of the brim, the inside of which is trimmed with coques of lilac and white striped gauze ribbon. Bands and bows of ribbon arranged in a novel style decorate the crown. Neck-knot to correspond with the dress, fastened by a gold clasp. Bottines of chocolate-coloured gros des Indes. A sable boa tippet, or cachemere shawl, should be thrown carelessly round the shoulders.

Fashions For July, August And September 1819

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today I want to show you some prints of beautiful dresses fashionable women would have worn in 1819. Unfortunately, they are all in black and white, but I hope you will enjoy them anyway. I really like this style of dress. The waist is still very high and the sleeves aren’t as huge as they will become in just a few years’ time. What do you think of them?



A Jaconot muslin round dress, with a chemisette body, and long sleeves made rather full, and finished at the bottom with a fulness of muslin in front of the wrist; the fulness confined across by narrow bands, which button in the middle. The bottom of the skirt is richly embroidered, and the embroidery is surmounted by a full trimming of muslin. The spenser worn with this dress is composed of primrose-coloured figured poplin: it is made in a new style; is partially high behind; the back is of a moderate breadth, and has a little fulness at the bottom of the waist: there is no collar. The spencer turns over in the pelerine style; it just meets at the bottom of the waist, and partially displays the front of the under dress: it is ornamented round the bust by a narrow band of the same material, finished with a double edging of satin, and buttoned over at rather more than a nail distance. Long sleeve, nearly tight to the arm, finished by an epaulette of white satin, divided into full puffs by bands of poplin placed lengthwise: the bottom is ornamented to correspond. Head-dress, a bonnet com Ssed of primrose-coloured satin, covered with fine clear India muslin: it is trimmed with full bows of ribbon, which are covered with white net laid on full; a bouquet of natural flowers is placed to one side; it ties under the chin. Gloves and shoes, to correspond.


A white satin slip, over which is a round dress, composed of white gauze with small pink spots: the bottom of the skirt is finished by a band of white satin, terminated by a full flounce of blond lace; over this is a trimming of a very novel and pretty description (for which we refer to our print), and this is surmounted by a lace flounce to correspond. Frock body, cut low round the bust, which is ornamented, in a novel style, with lace and bows of ribbon; there are two falls of the latter, one of which is disposed in such a manner that, with the bows, it forms a tucker. The back is full; the sleeve short, and very full. A lace scarf is thrown round the shoulders. Headdress, a bandeau of pink satin, covered with a net-work of pearl, and finished by a pearl tassel. A superb plume of ostrich feathers is placed to one side. The hind hair is disposed in plaits, which are twisted round the top of the head, and intermixed with small bows. The front hair is curled very full on the forehead, but is much divided. Necklace and earrings, pearl. White satin shoes, and white kid gloves.



A round dress, composed of jaconot muslin; the body is plain, tight to the shape, and the waist of a moderate length; long sleeves; the skirt is ornamented at the bottom with a trimming of muslin bouillonne: there are three rows, each is finished with a cord at top, and the upper row is surmounted by a rich letting-in of work. A round pelerine is attached to the dress, which falls very low over the shoulder; it is trimmed with two rows of broad lace, which give a very elegant finish to the bust of the dress. Full lace ruff, put on so as to display the throat in front. Head-dress, a cornette of white British net; the caul is moderately high; the ears are very small; it has a full border of Mechlin lace, and is trimmed with evening primrose ribbon covered with net: it fastens under the chin by a bow to correspond. White kid shoes. Limeric gloves.


A white lace skirt over a white satin slip; the bottom of the skirt is ornamented with a fulness of white satin, confined at each edge by a narrow satin rouleau; above this is a trimming composed of satin stars; in the centre of each is a rose, and between every one a full satin leaf: this trimming is surmounted by a fall of blond. The corsage is composed of white satin; it is cut rather low, and sloping down a little in front of the bust, which is trimmed with a blond ruche. Short sleeve, of a singularly novel and pretty form, for which we refer to our print. The hair is dressed in full curls in front; the hind hair is disposed in bows intermixed with plaits. The only ornament of the head is a full plume of beautiful white ostrich feathers. Necklace and ear-rings pearl. White satin shoes. White kid gloves. Carved ivory fan.



A Jaconot muslin round dress; the skirt is moderately full, and trimmed round the bottom with four flounces of the same material; these are of different widths, the bottom one is the broadest, the top the narrowest; these flounces are each finished by a double tuck, and set on full: their effect is extremely pretty. The body is high, the front is tight to the shape, the back full; a double fall of rich work goes round the throat. Long sleeves, finished with epaulettes of rich work, and trimmed at the bottom to correspond. Head-dress, a morning cornette, composed of British net, and trimmed with lace: the caul is low; it is ornamented with full puffs of net on the crown of the head; these puffs are formed by satin, and edged with lace; the border is set on full; the ears do not reach above halfway under the chin, where the cap fastens with a large bow of ribbon. The bonnet worn over this cornette, for walking, is composed of white figured gros de Naples; it is large and of a novel shape; there is a mixture of net let in on one side of the crown, in a very new and tasteful manner, and the trimming of the edge of the brim, for which we refer to our print, is at once singular and tasteful. A superb plume of feathers is placed on one side, and it ties with white ribbon under the chin. A white lace scarf, lined with rose-coloured sarsnet. White shoes. Limeric gloves.


A plain white transparent gauze frock over a white satin slip; the trimming of the skirt consists of a rich fall of blond lace at the bottom, which is surmounted by two rows of the most novel and tasteful trimming we have seen for a considerable time; it is a mixture of white satin and transparent gauze; there are two rows of it: we refer for the form to our print. It is surmounted by a row of puffs en rouleaux; they are composed of white satin. The corsage is cut very low round the bust, which is finished by a double row of blond. The sleeve is short and full; it corresponds with the trimming of the skirt. The hair is dressed very full on each side of the forehead; the hind hair is brought up in a full tuft on the crown of the head: a bunch of flowers, intermingled with grass, is placed on the left side. Necklace and earrings, rubies. White satin shoes, and white kid gloves.

Further reading:
Repository of arts, literature, fashions &c, 1819

Fashions For September & October 1817

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curious to know what fashionable and stylish ladies wore in the autumn of 1817? Then take a look at these fashion plates. Aren’t these dresses gorgeous? I love their style and colour. What about you?



Jaconot muslin round dressover a French grey sarsnet slip. The dress is richly worked round the bottom and up the front. High body, composed of alternate strips of byas-tucked muslin and letting-in lace. Long sleeve, finished at the wrist by rouleaus of worked muslin, each rouleau edged with narrow lace. Over this dress is worn the Blandford spencer, composed of white queen’s silk. We refer our readers to our print for the form of this spencer; it is trimmed, in a very novel and tasteful style, with white satin and braiding. Fichu of white gauze, very full trimmed with tulle. Blandford bonnet, composed of Leghorn: the crown is rather high, the front of a moderate size, and square at the ears; it is lined with white satin, and trimmed with the same material and Leghorn tassels, a bunch of which is placed at the left side. A full bunch of blue fancy flowers ornaments it in front, and it is finished by white satin strings. The shape of this bonnet is peculiarly novel and becoming. Pale yellow slippers, and Limerick gloves.


Is composed of the finest pale blue cloth, and richly ornamented with frogs and braiding to correspond. The front, which is braided ou each side, fastens under the body of the habit, which slopes down on each side in a very novel style, and in such a manner as to form the shape to considerable advantage. The epaulettes and jacket are braided to correspond with the front, as is also the bottom of the sleeve, which is braided nearly half way up the arm. Habit-shirt, composed of cambric, with a high standing collar, trimmed with lace. Cravat of soft muslin, richly worked at the ends, and tied in a full bow. Narrow lace ruffles. Head-dress, the Glengary cap, composed of blue satin, and trimmed with plaited ribbon of various shades of blue, and a superb plume of feathers. Blue kid gloves, and half-boots.



White British net dress over a soft white satin slip. The body is composed of white satin, disposed in folds, and rich letting-in lace. The sleeve, which is very short and full, is composed of the same materials: the lace is brought very full in front of the arm, and divided by tucks into full compartments, which are finished by small pearl tassels. For the form of the body, which is truly novel, we refer our fair readers to our print. The skirt is elegantly ornamented with two falls of broad rich blond, laid on almost plain; each fall is surmounted by a full rouleau of white satin, the fulness of which is confined by pearls twisted round it. The hair is turned up a la Grecque behind; it is parted in front so as to display the whole of the forehead, and disposed in light loose ringlets. Head-dress, à la Francois, a full garland of roses and fancy flowers. Necklace and earrings, topaz mixed with pearl. White satin shoes. White kid gloves, and spangled crape fan.


A high dress of jaconot muslin, richly embroidered round the bottom of the skirt. The body is composed entirely of work. Long sleeve, finished down the arm in front by bouillons of lace. With this dress is worn the Charlotte spencer, composed of cerulean blue satin; it is tight to the shape, the back a moderate breadth, and the waist short. The sleeve is rather wide. The trimming is extremely elegant, and it is disposed in so tasteful a manner, as to give an appearance of perfect novelty to the spencer. We are not allowed to name the materials of which it is composed. The sleeve is ornamented at the wrist, and on the shoulder to correspond. Bonnet, à la Ninon, composed of French willow. The crown is fancifully ornamented with the same material, cut in small squares, edged with white satin, and turned a little over at the ends. The front is very large; it displays the front hair, which is simply braided across the forehead: it is edged with puffed gauze, disposed in points, and confined by a narrow fold of white satin. A sprig of acacia ornaments it on the left side, and it is finished by white satin strings. French ruff and ruffles of rich lace. Blue or white kid shoes and gloves.

Further reading:
Repository of arts, literature, fashions &c

Fashions For Winter 1817

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today’s prints are particularly interesting because they don’t just show what dress styles were fashionable in the winter of 1817, but they were taken from clothes actually bought and worn by one of the magazine’s subscribers. Apparently, they were purchased from a certain Mrs Bell’s in St. James’s-street. I can’t help but wonder who the buyer was and in which occasions she donned these beautiful gowns. Don’t they all look gorgeous? My favourite is the ball dress. And yours?



A soft white satin slip, over which is worn a dress composed of white spotted gauze. The body, which is cut extremely low all round the bust, is finished by a light quilling of blond, which stands up round the bosom, and a full bow of ribbon in the centre of the breast, which has an effect at once tasteful and delicate. Long sleeve, composed of transparent gauze, which is striped with satin; these stripes are byas, and they are each ornamented in the middle of the arm with a pearl button: it is finished at bottom by a single fall of blond. Half-sleeve, to correspond with the body. For the trimming of the skirt we refer to our print; as we are not permitted to describe it: we can only say that the materials are extremely elegant and novel. The hair is dressed rather high behind. The front hair is parted on the forehead, and disposed in light loose ringlets on each side of the face. Head-dress a fichu a la Marmotte, composed of rich blond and satin, and tied at the side in a bow of the same materials. Earrings and necklace pearl and topaz. White satin slippers, and white kid gloves.


Cambric muslin high dress, the lower part of the body made full, and the upper part, which is tight to the bust, composed entirely of rich work. A row of pointed work forms a narrow pelerine, which is brought rather high on the bosom, and ends in a point in front. The bottom of the skirt is finished by a deep flounce and heading, composed of the same material, which is surmounted by a row of soft muslin bouffone let in at small distances from each other. Over this dress is worn a spencer, composed of grits de Naples, ornamented with figured buttons, which are intermixed with a light, novel, and elegant trimming. For the form of the body we refer our readers to our print. The sleeve, of a moderate width, is finished at the wrist, by a double row of buttons and trimming intermixed. The epaulette, of a new and singularly pretty form, is edged with trimming, and finished with buttons on the shoulder. Autumnal bonnet, the front rather large, and of a very becoming shape; the crown low: it is tied tinder tire chin by a large bow of ribbon. We are interdicted from describing either the novel and elegant materials bf which this bonnet is composed, or the ornament which finishes it in front. Swans-down muff, lilac sandals, and pale-lemon colour kid gloves.



A black crape frock over a black sarsnet slip. The skirt of the frock is finished by full flounces of the fashionable chevaux de frise trimming. The body, which is cut very low round the bust, is elegantly decorated with jet heads. Short full sleeve, ornamented to correspond with the body. The hair is much parted in front, so as to display the forehead, and dressed lightly at each side of the face; the hind hair is drawn up quite tight behind. Head-dress a jet comb, to the back of which is affixed a novel and elegant mourning ornament; and a long black crape veil placed at the back of the head, which falls in loose folds round the figure, and partially shades the neck. Ear-rings, necklac, and cross of jet. Black shamoy gloves, and black slippers.


A high dress composed of bombazeen; the bottom of the skirt is ornamented with black crape, disposed in a very novel style. The body, which is made tight to the shape, wraps across to the right side; it is adorned in a very novel style with pipings of black crape disposed like braiding, and finished by rosettes of crape, in the centre of each of which is a small jet ornament. Long sleeve, tastefully finished at the wrist to correspond with the body, and surmounted hy a half sleeve of a new form trimmed with crape. A high standing collar partially displays a mourning ruff. Claremont bonnet, so called because it is the same shape as the one recently worn by the Princess: it is composed of black crape over black sarsnet, and is lined with double white crape. The crown is rather low, the front large, and of a very becoming shape; it is tastefully finished by black crape, and ornamented by a bunch of crape flowers placed to one side. Black shamoy gloves, and black shoes.

Further reading:
Repository Of Arts, Literature, Fashion &, 1817

Fashions For January 1832

Today I want to show you some more prints of dresses women would have worn in January 1832. Unfortunately, they are in black and white but I think they are very beautiful anyway. The day dresses of this period still have sleeves that are insanely big at the top and very narrow at the wrist, which is a style I really dislike, but the evening dresses are gorgeous. The sleeves are big, but not ridiculously big, and short. What do you think of these dresses?


Walking dress of crimson and Adelaide blue shot silk, made very full in the skirt, and trimmed round the bottom with a deep flounce of sable. The body is made quite plain, with a narrow cape, which is cut nearly through on the shoulder, and falls in two points over the top of the sleeve. The cape is continued to the waist, and meets in a point under the ceinture. The sleeve is extremely full at top, and very small at the waist. A full collarette of quilled tulle supplies the place of a collar to the dress. Hat of white moire, trimmed with lilac gauze ribbon, and small bunches of pansies. The inside of the brim is ornamented with nauds of gauze ribbon. Muff and boa of sable. Boots of dark brown silk.


Carriage dress of rich satin, of a beautiful green. The skirt is trimmed at the bottom with a very rich border of ermine, headed by two rouleaux of satin. The corsage is made en schall, and laid in large folds across the bust. Collar of ermine, of a square shape, and very large size. The sleeve is large, and is plaited in round the top of the arm, with a second plaiting at some distance down the sleeve. A band of green velvet finishes the bottom of the sleeve. Hat of pale lilac satin, superbly trimmed with white satin, ribbon blonde and half-blown moss roses. Girandole earrings, and buckle of pale gold. Gloves of white kid. Boots of green silk.


Dress of bleu celeste. The skirt is made rather longer than last month, and very full, without gores. The garniture at bottom is a very deep flounce, set out in detached masses of fullness, each headed by four narrow-pointed leaves, placed so as to droop over the plain parts of the flounce. The corsage is cut square across the bust, and has a double cape surrounding the neck, the upper part of which is cut narrow in front and on the shoulders, but deeper and pointed on the bust. The lower part of the cape is also cut narrow in front, but very deep and full on the shoulders, falling halfway down the sleeve in long folds, in each of which is a tie of indented satin ribbon, to correspond with the ceinture. A tucker of narrow blonde finishes the top of the corsage. The hair is arranged in full curls on either temple, and in two large bows on the summit of the head. One bow is crossed by a plait of hair, which is further continued, under the other bow, and round to the back of the bead. Each bow is surmounted by a full-blown rose. Earrings and agraffe of topaz and gold. Shoes of blue satin.


Evening dress of gold-coloured satin, very rich and soft. The skirt has the bottom trimming placed rather low. The trimming itself is composed of fan-shaped pieces, placed at regular intervals, and held together by double bouffants. The corsage and sleeves are as simple as possible. The most beautiful part of this dress is the apron, which is of white crepe lisse, richly embroidered in crimson floss silk. From the shoulder-straps proceed deep jockeys, edged with blonde, and reaching nearly to the elbow, elegantly finishing the otherwise plain corsage. The hair is dressed in full coques, intermingled with bouffonts of amber and gold tissue on the crown of the head, and in soft full curls on each side. A Ferroniere of small brilliants is bound round the head by a delicate gold chain. Pearl earrings. Neck-chain of gold, fastened by an agraffe of rubies and pear-shaped pearls. Bracelets of gold and rubies. Shoes of crimson. satin.

Further reading:
The Royal lady’s magazine, and archives of the court of St. James’s, 1832