It’s been unusually warm and dry here in the Netherlands (and in most of Europe, I believe). That’s gotten me thinking of light, summer style dresses. I don’t have any at the moment, all of mine are either silk, velvet or wool. So one of these might have to go onto the (long) list of things I want to make one day…
Last year I did a post on summer dresses of the period just before the Victorian age, so for this post, let’s look at some Victorian examples!
These dresses are all made of very light cotton. They protect the skin from the sun, and the white is relatively cool. The cotton is rather thin, and breathes well. Of course, a fashionable lady would still seek out the shade, and wear a bonnet and parasol as well to protect from the sun.
Some crinoline styles. In this era, flowers on white seem tho have been quite popular!
I particularly like the pin-tucks on this bodice.
Some nice stripy contrast!
Some solid white, as we’re moving into the bustle era.
But dots are nice too!
And, to finish, two more solid white dresses from the 1880’s this time