Pretty in the Morning – Victorian Robes
When she rose in the morning, the 1850s Victorian lady covered her head with a cambric cap with narrow lappets and edged with a waving frill of Valenciennes. She wrapped herself in a stylish morning robe of some pale tint, high at the neck, and gathered fan-shaped at the back of the waist. This garment was fastened from chin to toe with little frogs, and the wide sleeves fell back over the arms. Beneath it peeped out a close-plaited chemise with a plain collar and falling frill. Her feet were thrust into heel-less slippers known as nonchalantes, embroidered with brightly colored braids.
Thus dressed, she gave audience to her servants, grooms, footmen, saddler, dressmakers, and milliners. She went into every matter methodically, inquiring about her horses, looking through her tailor’s bills, as well as those of her milliner and shoemaker, settling tradesmen’s accounts, saying a word to her florist, and retiring finally to her boudoir, to change her dress, and make herself ready to receive her expected female visitors. Examples of Victorian robes.