This is an example of everyday dress. This dress is utilitarian but still embellished. Ruffles detail the sleeve cap and sleeve opening but the wide pagoda sleeves could be rolled up for more laborious activities.
Summer seaside dress, circa Two-piece light blue chambray with self-fabric belt, tiny mother of pearl buttons on front. All pieces are inset with navy blue embroidered white cotton bands. Via Augusta Auctions.
Two piece dress, c. Black and white print cotton in vertical floral pattern. This is a ready-made example of easily laundered dresses (they were called "wash" dresses), that could have been purchased at a local store or through mail-order catalogs.