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Monday, December 1, 2014

Wash Line Monday!

Our Monday meme shines a light on apparel. From Regency to Steampunk, and everything in between, we dress our characters to reflect the story we want to tell.

In comments, and in 300 words or less, give us a snippet from your novel that describes what your heroes, heroines, or bit players are wearing. Don't forget your buy link and website/blog link. Have fun!

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Rosemary Gemmell said...

Midwinter Masquerade by Romy Gemmell - Regency romance and intrigue at the winter solstice in the Scottish countryside, 1816.

Annabelle dared to put her whole weight on the ankle while getting dressed and was delighted to feel very little pain. The swelling had decreased to leave her ankle its normal size and she had great hopes of managing more than one dance since both Freddy and Mr. Ellingham had promised to stand up with her.

She chose a gown in the latest fashion brought from one of the most exclusive London dressmakers. Since the war with France had come to an end the previous year, their own styles had become even more influenced by the latest designs from Paris. A pale rose colour rather than white, the low neckline gathered beneath her bosom to show a greater expanse of flesh than usual. She particularly liked the two layers of tiny embroidered roses around the hemline and the rose satin ribbon that clever Mrs. Leighton had entwined in her hair.

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Rosemary Morris said...

False Pretences A Traditional Regency Novel
Rosemary Morris

The mirror told Annabelle that the old-fashioned cream silk bodice and wide skirts complemented her fair complexion. Painfully tight lacing emphasised her small waist and drew attention to the swell of her bosom. She was not vain but knew the low cut bodice edged with a froth of priceless lace and the elbow-length flounced sleeves increased her feminine allure. What would Roland think of her if he could see her now? She fingered a knot of satin ribbons as blue as her eyes. “Martha, I do not look like myself.”
“No y-you don’t though you are still beautiful. Now, hurry up, your Frenchie’s waiting for you,” Martha said.
“He is not my Frenchie.” Annabelle slipped her feet into high-heeled red shoes ornamented with diamond centred rosettes and then slid her feet out of them. “They are too big.”
Martha picked them up. “I’ll carry them for you. Come along, madam, you don’t want that there Frenchie to get cross.” She shrugged. “As for that Henry, he’s a bad-tempered creature.”
“Henri,” Annabelle interrupted.
“I can’t twist my tongue round foreign names. As I was saying, Henry told me that there Cavalier’s got a nasty temper. If you ask me, the two of them deserve each other.”
Annabelle ignored her henchwoman’s forthright comments and did not attempt to correct her pronunciation. “Indeed,” she replied, and cautiously circumnavigated the bedroom furniture.
Annabelle went through the door sideways. If only Roland could see her now, she thought, as her wide skirts brushed against the wall while she made her way upstairs. With a mental picture of her handsome husband in mind, Annabelle entered the studio. Dressed like this, would Roland think she looked beautiful or ridiculous?

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