For last week’s Rate the Dress I showcased a late 1820s dress with rather delicious floral aerophane embroidery. While most of you loved the embroidery, a few of you got fussy about the styling: the green belt, and shorter petticoat didn’t quite work for you, and some thought it wasn’t quite special enough, despite the embroidery, pulling it down to a nice but not spectacular 8.4 out of 10.
Based on the comments, I suspect it was one that would look better in person. One day maybe if I’m lucky…
This week I’m keeping the theme of a simple white (or pale coloured) garment, embellished with just a few key bits of ornamentation, and turning it on its head, with a very tailored, severe garment, rather than last week’s fluff and froth.
This tailored suit in oatmeal grey wool has a very plain, simple silhouette, but the closer you look at the outfit, the more details emerge: from the button-look tabs on the skirt, to the lines of raised self-fabric and stitching detail which highlight each seam, the double stitching at the hem, and the bodice trim, which evokes military braiding.
Along with providing interest, the ornamentation signals the transition from the late Victorian trim aesthetic, to a more Edwardian outlook: a transition that is also seen in the cut of the suit: the jacket has yet to soften into a pigeon breast, but the skirt has a decidedly serpentine swoop.
What do you think? Is the transition nicely balanced? And does the trim do enough to enliven and elevate the suit?
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