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Waistlines were dropping Fuller skirts Skirts were gored – cut in A-shape with the narrowest part of the skirt being placed at the top and the fullest part of the skirt at the bottom. Ornaments at the hemline and sleeves Neck ruffs, slashing and medieval style sleeves

Gored skirt is replaced by a fuller panelled skirt and small pleats Preference for untrimmed gowns returned and hemlines were typically ankle length (and sometimes slightly shorter) Gigot sleeve/ Leg-o-mutton sleeve (first photo); Demi-gigot sleeve (second photo) Emphasis of small waistline led to popularity of petticoats and stays. Outdoors, mantle/mantelets were a popular article (third photo) Wide brimmed hats or bonnets were also worn.

Feminine colors included: rose, celestial, lapis blue, cream, buff, yellow, pale green, dove gray, and lavender gray.

Whalebone corset (for body support) Narrower sleeve that fit low on the shoulder Detachable undersleeves- or rectangular pieces of cloth with a cuffed end- were sewn into the sleeve and could be removed for regular laundering. Bell-shaped skirts, supported by layers of petticoats Necklines were round, V-shaped, and wide for both day and evening wear Gowns were often made in one piece (the bodice attached to the skirt) but jacket and skirt combinations were also popular Gilet corsage ( French term for a woman's jacket made in the style of a man's waistcoat.)

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