I have to say, I have been more than a little obsessed with muffs lately. I’ve wanted an excuse to make one for ages and I recently found one. I absolutely love it and hope that I have more reasons to use it while it is still winter (or a cool Spring day…)
I’ve found quite a few fashion plates where the ladies are keeping their hands warm with their muffs so I thought that I would share a few with you.
Starting off in 1843, we have a cosy looking ermine muff to match the trimmings on the lady’s coat:
From 1856, a plate of unknown origin…
In the 1870s, we have two black and fur trimmed ensembles teamed with muffs, the first being another ermine…
And from La Mode Illustree, a year later:
Also from the 1870s, we these ice skating ensembles, the purple outfit boasting a muff and matching fur collar.
And, ending our 1870s decade of muff love, we have two lovely green outfits. The first of which also boasts some delightful braid.
And this one, utilising different greens. Though, that wine dress easily steals all of my attention…
Even Natural Form fashions had use of muffs and this outfit clearly exudes winter elegance.
And from the Second Bustle Era, we have some more muff-tastic fashion plates.
Another elegant purple dress with matching muff and scarf. I don’t think that little dog is so keen to be outside in the cold, however…
And, here we have another green dress with a fur trimmed, very cosy looking dolman with matching muff.
The ladies in the 1890s knew all about the advantages of accessorising with a muff.
Another example of a muff being used while ice skating:
Big sleeves, impressive braid, and of course, muffs! Is the lady on the right stroking her face with the softness of the fur? That’s probably something I would do…
And, as the century comes to a close, the use of muffs continues…
And the use of braid as well:
As much as I like these plates, however, there is one that I came across which I thought was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best. It’s not just one muff – or two – it is a shop that is selling muffs to these two fashionable ladies!
I’ll take ten, thank you =)