A Year in Millinery Fashion – 1864

This commences our series for the fall months, and it is made in silk or light cloth, as the season requires. The piquancy and convenience of the style renders its fashion one that is widely popular. The passamenteries vary greatly, so that the tastes and pecuniary considerations of all may be accommodated. The above was drawn from a rich Manganese brown summer cloth, adorned with an exceedingly neat gimp and pendent button ornaments

For the present “heated term” of course the various shapes and styles of laces are the mode. The great mass, however, of our friends having already made up their summer toilets, are looking for the approaching autumn fashions. We, therefore, prefer giving the above. (Godey’s, August, 1864)


                         Fig. 6 is an elegant bonnet of white chip, with loose crown of spotted net; the crown is separated from the front of bonnet by a black velvet, edged with black lace; at the top of this is a small bow of black and velvet, with a group of roses and rose-buds, the front edge is bound with black velvet. The strings are white, and has a bow and long ends of black at the back. Cap of blond, trimmed with roses and buds. (Godey’s, August, 1864)



Bonnets have suddenly shrunk to the tiniest proportions, and, if they contract no more, will prove very becoming. They are so small that, sometimes, the ear is left entirely exposed, displaying the large, unbecoming ear-rings, which are again coming into fashion.

Some of the simplest and prettiest bonnets are those made after the style of fifteen years ago, viz: a very transparent white muslin, lined with some pretty, delicate shade of silk.

Hats are of a variety of shapes. The high-crowned, narrow-brimmed hat is still worn, byt it usually has a scarf of black lace, or net, tied in a bow behind. The front can be trimmed with either bows of ribbon, flowers, or plumes. Then the little round hat, known, in England, as the “pork-pie,” which is- youthful and pretty, but utterly useless for shade; and the casquette, with the rim covered with velvet, and turned-up in front, but sloping off at the sides and into a point behind. (Peterson’s, August, 1864)

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