Friday, February 27, 2015

How to Dress (Teen Girl Edition), c. 1500

British Library, Harley MS 4425, f. 37v
"I counsel you not to wear anything outrageous, either too tight or too trailing, nor should you resemble those women who think they are very fashionable when their clothing is low-cut and very tight and they attract attention; they think their dress is admired, for which they are mocked and rightly reproved by those who hear the talk. Nor, my daughter, should you be like those who, to seem more fashionable, dress themselves so scantily in winter that they are freezing with cold, their complexions often sallow and without color, until, either because of the cold they suffer in private or from being too tightly laced, they endure many grievous illnesses, and many even die – never doubt that this is a great sin because they have killed themselves." 
Anne de France, Lessons for My Daughter
The Past would like you to know that you are NOT leaving the house dressed like that, young lady, or you will DIE of frostbite. 


  1. But is the dress blue or white? That seems important, somehow.

    1. I'm going with "not blue." A little historical perspective:

  2. Sound advice! It seems young girls have been the same throughout history.

  3. "or you will die of frostbite" and then you will go to hell because you've killed yourself, you foolish flibbertigibbet, and that's a mortal sin!

  4. Women's clothing is a wide range to choose from, classics to dressy wear and pairing with gorgeous accessories. There are plenty of online fashion store that are affordable, and feature stunning collections.

  5. Hope to begin this game up now, cannot delay to get going.
    Shoper a Fashions