Fashion Plate: 1827, Breadth


The late 1820s marked the beginning of broad sleeves (gigot or leg-of-mutton, as they were known) and fuller skirts, which reached an incredible breadth by 1833. You’ll also notice the hats become wider to suit the proportions of the dress.

The lady on the right wears a pelisse of sage green and a pelerine (cape) of the same color. A fashionable walking dress had to be worn with a collerette, hers has scalloped lacy edges which tie in the scallopped trim. Turn-back cuffs in the Vandyke style add the finishing touch.

The evening dress features a lovely shade of pink. The trim details help balance the width by drawing the eye in and accenting her small waist. Lacy epaulettes adorn her shoulders.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. JaneGS says:

    I’m enjoying the fashion plates, but still marvel that women ever let themselves be encased in such restrictive clothing.

  2. Patricia says:

    The hats look positevely painful as well!

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