To go along with the post I did yesterday, I decided to expand on one piece I showed you. A dressing gown from 1897 was made up and sold by the Wannamaker's Department store of Philadelphia, New York and Paris.
After finishing her breakfast in this charming gown, (and by the way she was probably already in her corset for the day), it was back upstairs to finish being dressed. A day dress of some sort, suitable for being around the home, dealing with wifely tasks. Or, perhaps she would dress in a visiting costume if she had errands in town, and would be doing her rounds of visits afterwards.