I think it’s mostly for decoration and was just considered fashionable. I don’t see why the dresses would need to be weighted down, especially since heavier fabrics were being used than the previous decade’s gauzy fabrics.
I'm so curious about the "rolled" hems at the bottom of so many of these Regency dresses. Was that to weigh the dress down? It's so common, I have to believe there's some function behind the form.
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