One of my favourite things about Rate the Dress is the way it encourages me to find thematic links between different eras, and garments that seem otherwise unrelated. This week’s 1870s Rate the Dress keeps with the theme of buttons playing peek-a-boo amongst the layers, and adds in a bold and unusual colour scheme that Poiret would have definitely approved of.
Last week: Poiret plays with buttons
Last week you either liked/really didn’t like the button trim, and thought the back bow ruined/made the dress, and were completely enamoured/turned off by the scalloped hem, and loved/hated the chemise effect and chiffon sleeves. If any element of the dress was someone’s favourite, it was also someone else’s least favourite!
Except for all the ones that only had favourites, and the significantly smaller group that totally disliked it. It was a bit of a marmite dress.
The Total: 7.4 out of 10
A dress where the total really doesn’t reflect the majority of individual feelings: out of 37 ratings, only one was a 7.5!
This week: Bright blue and burgundy 1870s
This first-bustle-era dress features deep burgundy red and vivid, almost electric, blue, tied together with a small floral pattern perfectly matched to the colours.
Like Poiret’s dress it features buttons running down the centre front, popping in and out of layers. Unlike lasts week’s pick, these buttons are functional (and actually buttons) and end at the waist.
Also like Poiret’s dress, it features bows as trim (albeit significantly more of them).
Instead of chiffon, there are lace frills at the cuffs
And instead of flat scallops, the skirt is edged with elaborate pleating.
It’s certainly a different look to Poiret’s dress, but it has some of the same sense of whimsy and playfulness. It’s possible that it was made for a very young woman: it’s quite small, and has only a 7.5″ difference between bust and waist.
Whether it was made for a teenager, or a very petite woman, it was certainly made for someone with personality and the willingness to wear something a bit bold. What do you think of it?
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!)