The Beau Monde, August 1836. 

Oh I love the dress on the left!  Even the sleeves are charming!

Lady’s Magazine, Promenade and Walking Dress, August 1830. 

I’m definitely OK with the accessories of the girl in purple.  Give me a giant hat and a beautiful red shawl any day!

Lady’s Museum, Ball Dress and Walking Dress, May 1832. 

La Belle Assemblee, Dinner Dress, February 1834. 

Interesting combination of pink silk and black lace!

Lady’s Magazine, September 1834. 

The Beau Monde, October 1836. 

I’m a big fan of the orange plaid dress- very October-y!

Lady’s Museum, Dinner and Evening Dress, March 1832. 

I am really digging the hem treatment on the peachy dress.  It looks like a stained glass window or something!  Very unexpected!

Royal Lady’s Magazine, June 1831. 

The sleeves on the gal in blue look positively dangerous!

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Lady’s Magazine, March 1830. 

Whenever I get depressed about modern fashion, I just think of the 1830s.

Can we pretend the 1830s never happened, fashion wise? 

The 1830’s will probably be resurrected at some point. Designers will eventually lead us back to this monstrosity in a fit of pique.

I think parts of 1830s fashion will come back. It would be too damn expensive and cumbersome to bring back the hoop skirt and miles of fabric necessary for one of those monstrosities.

All it takes is layering a couple of maxiskirts (since let’s be real, they won’t be too damned concerned with ~accuracy, just the silhouette) over a prom crinoline and adding a puffy shirt.

You can’t get that silhouette without a hoop skirt. Prom crinolines can only go so far.

I know, I know. The crinolines will be saved for formal events (e.g. weddings, catwalks) and for the true fashion slaves. Also the reenactors.

Actually you wouldn’t need to worry about crinolines or hoop skirts!  The crinoline wasn’t introduced until around 1839, and this silhouette was achieved with the use of only corded petticoats!  You’d still have to struggle with looking like a damn fool, but at least your underpinnings wouldn’t be too cumbersome :)

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Lady’s Magazine, July 1834. 

THESE GOWNS ARE RIDICULOUS!  How could you manage to do anything when you’re wearing them?

The Beau Monde, January 1836. 

Look at that cloak thing on the left!  The hood is a calash!  I do like all the little bows used as trim in this plate. 

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1834 London’s Court Magazine ~ Evening Dress and Fall Dress … off to a new home ♥

Yay!  I love being able to reblog!  It happens so rarely!  This, however, is another case of the dreaded sofa-dress syndrome!

Godey’s Ladies Book, 1830.

By the way, this is the first plate of the iconic Godey’s!  A nice inagural gown, don’t you think?

The Beau Monde, January 1837. 

Petit Courrier des Dames, January 1838.

I am in love with the blue gown!  The subtle stripes are gorgeous, the fabric roses are very pretty, and he sleeves are fantastic! (Bonus inside view of the hood of the cloak!)