Last week I showed you a rather ridiculous (in a practical sense) 18th century riding outfit in white and pale blue-green. You thought the hat was a bit skunk-y, and the lapels a bit rumpled, and the horse just plain un-horse-y, but that overall it was quite something (in a good way) and came in at 8.8 out of 10.
This week I present a ca. 1840s dress in rich plum purple silk satin.
The dress keeps the embellishment to a minimum, relying on self-fabric piping trim on the sleeves, and an pleated wrap front opening for visual interest.
There are some interesting elements to the dress – parts of it are quite fashion forward for 1840, and other elements look backwards to the 1830s. The garment may have belonged to an older woman, who was more comfortable in simple, conservative styles.