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Evening wear in the Regency period were worn during dinner parties and other evening events the evening attire consisted of layers of undergarment jewelry and fancy hairstyles Evening dresses referred to dresses only suitable to wear at evening events specifically a subset full dress Koster 2 Evening dresses were pretty dresses that were part of the half dress category a semi-formal outfit worn from the afternoon to the evening during dinner dinner parties and other informal events some would also accommodate dancing Evening gowns almost invariably had trains although some not necessarily as long as others and they could be pinned up for dancing Reeves-Brown 1 Evening gowns were made in various designs and fashions coming in styles as simple as a straight dress with a small pattern and gathered bodice and were as complex as a Russian inspired pearl bedazzled dress with a delicate train The Chemise gown or the chemise a la reine was a white or pastel color gown with a cashmere shawl that was inspired by the clothing of the European countryside and the writings of authors they now refer to this gown as the Empire style gown Jarrett 2 The necklines in the dresses were usually low square necklines started becoming popular later on in the decade these dresses were often accompanied by necklaces Necklines were very open with the exact shape varying as fashion detected bodice most often had a back opening with a drawstring Bishop 2 The Half dress is perhaps one of the most difficult concepts to grasp about Regency Fashion in modern terms it might be thought of as dressy casual or casual business attire in terms of formality not style Koster 2 The evening wear would fall under the half dress category because these clothes were worn for informal purposes but were made to be fashionable and look appealing They were often decorated with lace or netting and ribbons some were short sleeved
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