|A breathtaking gown from the beginning of the decade. Check out the empire waist, trims, and sleeves.|
|Another early decade ballgown. The waistline is a little lower than usual, but not quite at the natural waist.|
One thing I'm noticing as I leaf through fashion plates of the 1820's is that trims seem to be subduing ever so slightly. Maybe it's just me, but it looks like the trims are going back to the same color as the main garment, and are disappearing from some garments altogether, instead of being on EVERYTHING as in the later half of the 1810's. By the 1830's and 1840's, they'll disappear completely.
We still have a three-dimensional trim here, but it's only on the hem and the same color as the rest of the dress.
|The two images in the middle are good examples of early and mid-late decade styles, respectively.|
|An early-mid decade hairstyle. Note the tiny hair loops in the back. On the clothing front, check out the mustard yellow, embroidered trim, and patterned shawl.|
|A closer look at bigger curls on either side of the head.|