For women in the 18th century, getting dressed was no easy undertaking and involved layers and pieces and parts. From the shift to stays, petticoats and pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes. And, finally, a cap. A cloak for going out.
A wealthy woman required the help of a dresser to manage it all. Take a look:
A working woman would have needed to dress herself, so there were fewer elements, with the distinct difference that every piece could be managed by the wearer. The laces for the stays could be laced in the front, for example.
Still, it took some doing.
Dressing is simpler these days. Dressing well still calls for some effort, but you already know it helps to start with great, timeless pieces.
We do our best to make it easier on you.