Posted by P. Bingham on January 26, 1998 at 14:24:38:
In response to Sprigged muslim?, written by Joyce on January 26, 1998 at 00:16:21
I won't go into the "sprigged muslin" as Sarah to good care of that...
As far as how many times clothes were changed, the answer is at least three times a day. In the morning the lady would wear a morning dress around the house, to breakfast or perhaps in the garden, as sort of a feminine version of the man's dressing robe. This dress would be simple but fairly much cover her good, along with her lacy cap. She would change into something more substantial during the afternoon (something of a finer material and finer embellishment, and for the evening something a little more formal (finer material and more embellishment than the afternoon dress, as well as more jewelry and a lower neckline). There was a different sort of dress for every occasion: riding dress, carriage dress, traveling suit, garden dress, ball gown, walking dress, theater dress, etc. So how many times she might change her dress would likely depend on how she would be occupied on a particular day, and also whether she was given the opportunity to change her clothes.
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