Apologies for the belated Rate the Dress post: sometimes life gets in the way of blogging!
Last week I showed you Anna of Austria, in the full glory of 16th century continental fashions. Her score of 7.7 out of 10, while very good for the 1570s, is typical of how much we struggle with the periods fashions.
This week’s Rate the Dress pick is in total contrast to the dark colours, heavy fabrics, and restricting shapes of Anna’s ensemble.
This 1910s ensemble in loose, floating silks carries on the tea gown’s tradition of elegant deshabille for wearing at intimate gatherings at home.
The loose, draping underdress evokes Grecian chitons, and cranks up the risque potential of the tea gown to the maximum with fully exposed arms and shoulders.
While the gowns classical influences are clear, the elaborate lace embellishments are typical of the elaborate decorations popular in evening fashions at the time.
For a little warmth, or a bit more modesty, an over-robe adds layers and modesty to the dress.
One of the things that I find particularly interesting about this ensemble is that it appears to be in a larger size.
What do you think? An elegant way to entertain and (perhaps) show a little skin, without feeling confined? Or is it just an over-dressed muumuu in the worst possible sense?