To the right is a breakfast cap from Arthur's Lady's Home Magazine in 1863. A fine net in the back is decorated with some type of thicker cord, possibly silk chenille. Lace, ribbon and roses adorn the front. This is a sweet little confection guaranteed to make you look prettier in the morning!
Another Breakfast Cap is shown in this image below left. Lace lappets and decorations make this one quite fun and frilly. It is likely constructed on a foundation of fine muslin on which the lace and embellishments are sewn.
|Allgemeine Moden-Zeitung, 1862|
Would You Wear A Cap?
Reenactresses and living historians have many opportunities to wear Breakfast Caps. Obviously, you can wear one when you put your wrapper on in the morning. Both docents and reenactresses in the field might appreciate a hair covering until they have time to complete their toilette!
We have also found opportunities to wear our Breakfast Caps at "sleepovers" with our reenacting girlfriends! And if we are all lodged in the same hotel, we often make plans to "astonish the natives" by wearing our wrappers and Breakfast Caps to the hotel's dining room for breakfast!
But if you really love Victorian dress, you can wear a Breakfast Cap any morning! Who wouldn't want to put on one of these darling little creations in the morning? The Victorian ladies might have had the right idea after all!
|Lookin' cute in our wrappers and caps!|