A Year in Millinery Fashion – 1864

Bonnets without curtains have not quite won the day yet. It is true they do not suit every one, and should not be adopted without exception. It is absolutely necessary to have a large quantity of hair, either natural or added by the coiffeur, in order that the bonnet may look well at the back without its ordinary appendage, over a full chignon, a simple fall of lace, or even a sprig of flowers or bow of ribbon, looks well; but the case is totally different when there is little or no hair at the back, and an empty space is left between the edge of the bonnet and the next. It is, therefore, to be understood that ladies no longer young and addicted to caps, or those who have not adopted the modern and elaborate style of dressing the hair, should net think of wearing a bonnet of the curtainless description, yet the curtain should be very small. The top of the bonnet now bends down slightly toward the forehead. The sides are fluted and very full-trimmed inside.

Veils of colored gauze are very popular. They are quite small, round, and trimmed with a quilling of gauze. For white and black lace veils, fringes of chenille, jet, or straw are worn. (Peterson’s, November 1864)

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