We do not want all the decent drapery of life torn off.
We are returning to a great and magnificent
“princess” or queenly style of dress.
It is becoming the fashion to make a courtesy,
to flourish a fan, to bear oneself with dignity
when in this fine costume.
The modern married belle at a dinner
is apt to be dressed in white with much
crystal trimming, with feathers
in her hair, with diamonds
on her neck and arms, a coronet
on her head, (which is not
republican) and a pair of long, brown
Swedish gloves drawn up to her shoulders.
The recent edict of the Queen that
high dresses and long sleeves may be worn
on a Presentation will revolutionize
costume in England. It however
gives elderly and delicate women
a great advantage, as only the marble
skins look well
on a cold English morning.
Manners and Social Usages,
by Mrs. John Sherwood (author of “A Transplanted Rose”)
1884, revised in 1897