During the summer of 1872, however, things were a lot more, well, buttoned-up.
Chic young women decked themselves out in beautifully embroidered dresses with big bustles and full skirts (no underbutt here!), as well as elaborate hats decorated with ribbons and bows.
They must have looked quite fetching at picnics and parties. But how did they keep from sweating?
These illustrations originally ran in the August 1872 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, a magazine that 141 years later is still dictating fashion trends.
At least the woman in the ball dress is holding a fan!
[Illustrations from the NYPL Digital Gallery]