It’s always so interesting to see why people do or don’t like a dress: because it appeals to them intellectually, or on a purely aesthetic level. Because it would look good on you, or wouldn’t. Because you can imagine it on you, or because you can imagine it on exactly the right person who is very different to you. Because you like the era, or don’t. Because it reminds you of a dress you owned and loved, or something you got made to wear, and hate.
So many reasons…
Last week’s dress rating was really one that lived and died on people’s associations. It got some really high scores, and some really, really low scores. And a lot of middling scores, which rather perfectly match the final total of…
The Total: 7.3 out of 10
And the score droops and deflates like the limp drapes of the dress itself…
This week: a brown & blue bustle-era dress
I have a fascination with historical dresses made from two very distinct fabrics. In some eras they don’t exist at all, in others they are more common. Few examples of any era are as clearly and crisply defined as this particolour ca 1880 dress, which combines brown and blue across the skirt.
(I’ve called it bustle era, but without a side view it could be more natural form, without much obvious back definition).
What do you think? Is this dress going to be an alliteration dream: a brown and blue bustle era beauty? Or is bizarre a more appropriate B?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
A reminder about rating — feel free to be critical if you don’t like a thing, but make sure that your comments aren’t actually insulting to those who do like a garment. Our different tastes are what make Rate the Dress so interesting. It’s no fun when a comment implies that anyone who doesn’t agree with it, or who would wear a garment, is totally lacking in taste.
(as usual, nothing more complicated than a .5. I also hugely appreciate it if you only do one rating, and set it on a line at the very end of your comment, so I can find it! Thanks in advance!)
I’ve finally found time to tally the score for the late Regency evening dress with pomegranates and oak. You can find the rating on the blue francaise post.