Last week I showed you a Regency era fashion plate that featured a decidedly interesting evening dress. Opinions on the dress were decidedly divided: you either thought it was fabulous (with small caveats about the peplum and bodice trim), or hated it. And you either thought it would be even more fabulous on a body, or far less fabulous! So most scores were either well below 5, or well above 5, resulting in a rating of 7.4 out of 10. Wackiness and all, I guess more of you liked it than not!
This week’s Rate the Dress in a little toned down compared to last week, but it does carry on the peplum theme.
This striped walking ensemble features a fitted bodice, a bustled skirt, and a separate belt with false peplum.
The dressmaker has made full use of the stripes: arranging them vertically, horizontally, and on the bias. But the striped usage isn’t always what we’d expect: note how the bias chevrons down the front don’t form further ‘V’ shapes, but crook at angles across the point. And the peplum stripes run parallel to the front edge, rather than angling away and enhancing the effect of the skirt flare away from the waist.
What do you think? Would a lady strolling down the sidewalk in this ensemble present a picture of scintillating interest as the stripes shifted and moved? Is the potentially overpowering pattern and trim balanced by the subtle colours (in a generally unsubtle era)?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10.