Evening Dress, June 1810
The Traveller, Greenfield, MA, Tuesday, May 28, 1811, Page 1, Courtesy of Genealogy Bank
General Observations on Fashion and Dress
For the promenade, scarlet mantles have been so general during the morning, that for mere variety they must now be laid aside.
Cottage bonnets, cloth turbans, or small velvet caps and one drooping ostrich feather, or two small ones, are most prevailing, under the cottage bonnets, which are formed to set off from the lace, small lace caps, rosettes of lace or ribband, or small flowers, are much worn, with a deep black French veil thrown over.
For morning dress, short pelisses of cambric corded muslin, over a slip of the same, trimmed with edging, or made in poplin bombazeen, or lustres.
Full Dress, May 1811
The full dress, black or white lace over colored or white satin slips, ornamented with gold, still continue the most admired, with pearl necklaces, combs and other ornaments blended with emeralds.
Hair knots are just introduced in embroidered lace, with gold or silver thread, forming a light rosette, to be disposed among the hair according to fancy.
Hair in waved curls in front, simply confined on the crown of the head with a pearl or other ornamental comb.
La Belle Assemblee
Evening Dress, September 1812
Evening Dress, December 1812
Morning Dress, October 1813
Evening Dress, 1813
Evening Dress, December 1813
Evening Dress, March 1814
Evening Dress, July 1814
I love the fashions of the Jane Austen era. The clothes were stylish and since women didn’t wear corsets during this time, the clothes were probably very comfortable. I’ve read various online articles that refer to the fashions of the early 1800s as the Empire period and others call it the Regency period. Because these images were published in Ackerman’s Repository of Arts, a British periodical published from 1809-1829 in London, I’m referring to it as the Regency era.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Regency fashions of the early 1800s, check out this video. The clothes are lovely!