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|Feathers imply "Full Dress"
Written by LouisaP
(1/13/2004 12:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Feathers in their caps!, penned by Deborah d'Bajor
Wearing an arrangement of feathers or plumes in one's hair implied "full dress," the most formal style of evening wear. Having a "head-dress of hair" (i.e., wearing nothing but one's own hair, arranged becomingly) was a fashion more suited to the very young and unsophisticated.
The plumes in the Bingley's sisters head-dresses are illustrative of their dressing just slightly more formally than the Meryton company, rather like peacocking it or showing off.
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