The Two Most Beautiful Words in the English Language

According to poet Henry James, those words are "summer afternoon." Now as a clothes hound and an avid shopper, I'm tempted to say that the two loveliest words are actually "summer clothing." But when I walk along the pier at Caledon On Sea or watch the sun slide towards the western horizon, I know that Mr. James was right. The question then, of course, is what to wear?

At first, it was a little bit challenging to find appropriate summer Victorian clothing, looking for light colors, slightly more casual tailoring, 3/4 sleeves, and so on. Happily, though, I've been finding more and more options as the season ripens into full summer.

Your humble blogger in Naergilien Wunderlich's Blue Paper Taffeta Gown

Coming from a historical standpoint, Naergilien Wunderlich is one of the best costumers in SL. Many of her garments are based directly on existing period pieces. She creates such pieces starting from photos, using special techniques and software to create seamless, photorealistic textures. Wunderlich's Historical Garb has an incredible selection of gowns ranging from Elizabethan to Regency, with a couple of choice modern offererings as well.

This particular dress, the Paper Taffeta Gown is delightful for summer wear, with its shorter sleeves, pretty details and availability in a variety of soft colors. It's perfect for semi-formal events such as high tea, afternoon dances, a garden party, or perhaps just a walk with one's sweetheart. I especially like the detailing on the train, which has some nice swing when walking or dancing. It's priced at a very reasonable L$350.

Long train of the Blue Paper Taffeta Gown

Gentlemen, when the mercury starts sliding upwards, don't despair - there are options for you as well. Matelisse Criss offers a nicely tailored white linen suit at her store, Fashion and Style Through the Ages.

Roberto Viking in the Cream Linen Suit - 1912

The Cream Linen Suit - 1912 is available for L$400 and comes with everything needed, including hat, shoes and socks. Mr. Roberto Viking was kind enough to both bring this designer and suit to may attention, and to model the outfit as well, along with his little dragon, Canth.

Mr. Viking and Canth.

One can not help but admire the sartorial acumen of a man who accessorizes his outfits so perfectly, right down to the dragon. All today's pictures were taken at the pier in Caledon on Sea.

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