As the Romantic era arrived, clothing became more complex and increasingly structured. Decorative excess replaced the previous design simplicity. Horizontal hem treatments added focus to skirts, wide lapels created shoulder emphasis, and sleeves and shoulders were further emphasized with extended wings.
Surface ornamentation, color, and print abounded. Three-dimensional effects in trimmings were achieved through padding. The waistline dropped much closer to its natural spot and was often accentuated by a wide belt. Pelisses and Spencer jackets continued to be worn for warmth.
Written by The Vintage Fashion Guild