After a smashingly successful evening event (and you definitely thought last week’s evening dress was a smashing success), a well dressed lady wants something simple but elegant to slip in to for a relaxed morning. So this week we’re going back in time a century with a simple morning dress with wrapped bodice. It’s a very different garment than last week’s dress. Will you like it as much?
Last Week: a 1910s evening dress in copper and bronze
If there was one downside to last week’s Rate the Dress it was that it was tricky to keep track of all the 10/10 ratings! You looooooooved the dress. The worst rating it got was a single, lonely 8.
The Total: 9.9 out of 10
A Rate the Dress milestone! Once, in the first year of Rate the Dress, there was a 10/10 rating. Since then the highest rating ever achieved was 9.7.
This week: An early 19th century embroidered morning dress
This week’s morning dress carries on last week’s copper and rust colour scheme, only worked in wool embroidery on cotton, rather than in silk and metal on silk georgette.
This style of dress would have been worn by a wealthy woman in the morning, before getting dressed in more elaborate clothes for afternoon and evening events, or as a simple at-home frock if she wasn’t planning to go out or to host a formal event.
The simple wrap construction of the bodice would have made the dress easy to put on, and the restrained colour scheme is in keeping with the overall air of informality. The details of the dress, from the scalloped hem, to the pointed collar, the intentionally over-long sleeves, and caught-up over-sleeves, suggest a wearer with an interest in fashion, a desire to stay a la mode, and the money to do so.
What do you think? The perfect relaxed frock for the day after being belle of the ball?
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. Phrase criticism as your opinion, rather than a flat fact. 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.