Last week I showed you a very bright blue plaid dress, and despite the fact that so many of you said you liked blue, most of you did not like this blue, especially not in a plaid! Rowenna even called it “The Plaid Scotland Rejected.” A few of you were more favorable though, and felt you could pull it off. It averaged out with a marginal rating of 5.4 out of 10.
This week, let’s take a deep, calming breath, and tone things down a little with a 1605 portrait of Anne of Denmark.
Well, kinda tone things down. This is early 17th century fashion we are talking about after all, and while the wife of James I of England is clad in muted whites and pinks, there is nothing toned down and muted about her silhouette.
Anne’s hair is piled high, and her famously beautiful neck and bust are framed by a fine lace collar and pink trim. Blue and pink ribbon rosettes on her bodice further lead the eye up to her best asset (her neck! Get your mind out of the gutter!), and a sash of pearls shows off her wealth. Her bodice is heavily brocaded or embroidered, but her skirt is more restrained – well, at least the fabric is. The skirt silhouette is quite extreme, as the Elizabethan ruff appears to have moved down to her hips.
What do you think? Is Anne pretty in pink and white? Or is it still too much? Or should an out-there silhouette have an out-there colour scheme to go with it?
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