What Would You Wear to the Ball?
So I’m writing Ransome’s Crossing and have another ballroom scene—the ball Lady Dalrymple is throwing for Charlotte’s debut—and realized I had no desire nor need to go to my favorite costume site and find just the right gown for Charlotte to wear. Why? Well, take a look:
Unless I really want to get into the intricacies of the embroidery work, there really isn’t much to describe when it comes to what Charlotte would be wearing: a white gauzy gown. [At the ball in Ransome’s Honor, I could get away with Julia wearing dark blue and gold, as she’s much older, and it wasn’t her debut ball.]
So even though it’s a curse that the ball gowns of the Regency era are so boring, at least for a young woman of Charlotte’s age, it’s also a blessing—one less area in which I’m apt to fall into over-description.
Now if I were writing something set in the Victorian era (i.e., if I get to write the sequel trilogy to Ransome, which would take place from 1848–1851), there’s so much more to choose from (all depending on the year, of course—these range from the early 1850s to the 1880s):
Now, here’s my challenge for you. Imagine you’ve been invited to a “Celebration of Historical Costumes” Ball. Post a link to an image of what you would choose to wear—from any era of history. Here are a few links that might be helpful:
If I had the figure for it, here’s what I’d wear: