For the purposes of this post, I will be staying with Pride and Prejudice as a production of film or television.
In the 1830's the skirts had not expanded to such dimensions, men's trousers were still being cut much tighter to the leg, at the crotch (very much at odds with MGM's ideals of neutered masculinity), and the make up and hair dress, only glancingly familiar with the period.
Now here, we see an image that paints the Bennett girls as less affluent than they most likely were. The dress worn by the center figure, Elizabeth, is a textile that would likely not have been in production at the time. The allover embroidery of the bodice on the girl second right is not period at all, and the right hand girl is carrying a parasol that is more clearly the later 1800s. And finally the general level of workmanship is below what ladies of their station would have been used to.
Now we turn to the ladies themselves.
The A&E production comes closest I feel, to not only presenting one of the great English language novels on screen, but in giving us a true sense of the time and place, without resorting to Hollywood style trickery.
There is something about us that just understands when something is right. We know it internally. For me, this production fills that bill. Its right, at least for me. If you haven't ever seen it, I recommend it highly.