Widow Attire and Etiquette

Widows were expected to wear mourning attire for two years (one year in full-mourning, one year in half-mourning), and they did not enter society except to attend church. Proper mourning attire for a woman consisted of a dress made of dull black material with little or no trimming. All accessories, such as this cape, were black as well. Before the introduction of pre-made mourning clothing, women would dye their dresses black.

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Black skirt, bodice and cape, c. 1890s.

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Widow Attire and Etiquette