That venerable ladies magazine included some of the lovely fashion plates Marissa so graciously shares with us. But it also included general observations of what was likely to be “in” for the Season. Take this advice from 1806:
“The general style of forming dresses is very high in the bosom, so as to preclude the necessity of the neckerchief; plain fronts, uniting in the centre with a clasp, and a demi wrap over it, finished on the left side, where the dress closes, are uncommonly elegant. We observed a dress of this formation at the Duchess of G___’s assembly, let in all round, and up the left side, with the most delicate Mechlin lace, and tied with tassels of cut steel.”
Or this one:
“The hair is chiefly worn in disheveled curls, exhibiting much of the forehead. Bandeaus of diamonds, garnets, or emeralds, are considered elegant; and the rainbow coronet, formed of diverse precious stones, worn by the Marchioness of E_____ on a late splendid occasion, excited universal admiration, from its singularity, brilliancy, and beauty.”
In 1806, the colors for the Season were olive, celestial blue, apple blossom, lavender, jonquil, lilac, and dove-brown.
Other recommendations include wearing a chip or straw gypsy hat, lace or needlework of leaves, white satin jackets trimmed in chenille with Van Dyke lace, and for pity’s sake,
“It should be remembered that the morning costume, according to the present standard of fashion, is considered vulgarly deficient without a cap.”Excuse me while I go find a cap, as I would not wish to appear vulgar!