WOW! Such consistent ratings for the red-velvet-and-chains 1880s dress last week! 8-10 across the board! I don’t think we’ve EVER had a Rate the Dress before (exempting, of course, the one and only 10/10) where everyone concurred so wholeheartedly on a frock. The final tally was 9.3/10, for being unusual, striking, and restrained in the face of overwhelming temptation to just be…overwhelming.
It’s feeling very spring-y here in Wellington. The kowhai are in full flame of glowing golden yellow, my freesias and irises are blooming, and the promise of summer is in the air. It’s also been a few Rate-the-Dresses since I’ve posted a Dress-Off, where you compare two garments on a similar theme, and rate each of them. So this week’s Rate the Dress will be a spring-themed Dress-OFF.
For your sartorial judgement, I present a spring-green gentleman’s suit from the end of the 18th century.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art gives us two views of this ensemble. First, an elegantly sober variant, with matching pale green coat, waistcoat and breeches:
Version number two shows it with a vivid coral waistcoat and a bouffant hairdo: the last gasp of the 18th century macaroni.
What do you think? Do you prefer the more restrained, sober variant with the matching waistcoat, or the more daring take on it, with the coral waistcoat?
Rate EACH version (with a different rating) on a scale of 1 to 10