Last week I showed you a 1920s playsuit in blonde silk and green paisley. Whether you liked it hinged hugely on your feelings about playsuits and paisley, and because those who don’t like them REALLY don’t like them, the playsuit came in at a barely acceptable 6.8 out of 10.
This week we’re look at a much more formal informality, but one that is equally about showing off your wealth and style by wearing the most sumptuous items to do the simplest tasks. This fashion plate from the LACMA features a lady in an informal ensemble doing her sewing.
She wears a pink satin underskirt, trimmed with bands of brown, to match her golden-brown striped mantua. The pink of her skirt is echoed in the trimmings of her headdress, and in the rosettes on her dress. The full sleeves of her chemise extend well beyond the sleeves of her mantua, and a ruffled edge, To protect her dress and help carry her supplies she wears an apron in dark green silk, trimmed with gold braid or embroidery, and pink rosettes. A handkerchief peeks from one of the pockets of the apron. In one hand she carries her sewing basket, and in the other, a needle, though the text of the plate indicates that the author doesn’t actually believe she is sewing.
What do you think? The perfect bit of relaxed glamour for playing domestic goddess while receiving your intimate friends?
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