could afford. Adornments were as much of a status statement as they were a
silks and satins and penne and chiffon velvets were principally used for
the afternoon tea gown. It was a soft flowing robe often free of corsetry. Such loose gowns afforded women
great comfort, ease of access and a tremendous sense of femininity.
and pants, white waistcoat, silk top hat, and white bow tie. Unlike
modern suits the wool fabric was very thick and heavy. This kept the
shape very stiff and fitted meeting social requirements for pomp
sophistication. The cut of the tailcoat was very fitted to the body,
emphasizing a waist line at jackets edge. Special undergarments helped
shape a man’s belly much like corsets did for women. The jacket featured
pointed collars instead of shawl collars like in the previous decade.
The edge of the jacket bottom pointed downward a bit rather then
straight across. Although the jacket never buttoned close there were
three buttons placed on each side of the jacket opening.
Edwardian fashion era shaped women
to be slimmer and taller, with emphasis of the bust and head. Corsets elongated
and flatted women’s waits down through the thighs. Walking in them forced a
slow almost hobble like gate.
Dresses were long and slender. Beaded or lace fabrics ended in a trail behind
the woman. Waists were high with a sash just under the breast line, ornamented
with jewels or silk flowers. Sleeves were usually long and gloves worn for
“It was a brilliant crowd.
Jewels flashed from the gowns of the women. And, oh, the dear women,
how fondly they wore their latest Parisian gowns! It was the first time
that most of them had and opportunity to display their newly acquired
finery.” – Mrs. Jacques Futrelle
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