19th Century, Rate the dress

Rate the Dress: Winter Fantasy

I was quite surprised by the very enthusiastic response to Queen Adelaide last week.  The 1830s are usually so unpopular, and Adelaide’s velvet and lace dress had so much potential for ridicule, and yet so many of you loved it, giving it an 8.4 out of 10.  Sweets to the sweet then!

This week I thought I’d carry on the zig-zag vandyked theme that we have had for the last few weeks, and (since it is Christmas), give you a bonus double rate the dress.    What do you think of these two young ladies and their festive skating attire?

Skating, late 1860s

I don’t know a great deal about this artwork.  Based on the overall silhouettes and the trim on the garments, I think it’s late 1860s, and I doubt it was really intended to be literally copied in actual garments, but, hey, every once in a while we can have a little fun with fantasy!

Are our heroines having fun with fantasty?  How would you rate each of their frocks?  Do you prefer the blonde in her fur-trimmed green jacket and pink and red skirt with vandykes and pleating?  Or the brunette in her red military inspired jacket, with blue-grey skirt and yellow gloves?  Are they a perfect holiday scene, or a terrible example of Victorian mis-matching?

Rate the Dresses on a Scale of 1 to 10


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