I’ve never quite understood those early 1890’s shoulders with their massive, poofy tops. Later in the 1890’s, when the enormous leg-o-mutton sleeves were in vogue, the gathered fabric accounted for the fullness at the sleeve cap. But early in the decade such was not the case. Then this morning I found this and it all made sense. Not to mention it reminds me of spring, too.
Afternoon dress ca. 1892. Brocaded silk satin & velvet. Chiffon blouse with tailored jacket built onto it. Self-ribbons on jacket shoulders, which was common in the early 1890s. Decorative enamel buttons. Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum.