"Women have succeeded from the grand paniers to simple elbows[?]*, have renounced multiple flounces; the tight gown trimmed with straight parements showing the elegance of their waist; all the too-awkward ornaments ...
"In general, there is in the manner of dressing today something more picturesque and less stiff than in that of other times; we make each day some steps toward beautiful simplicity. No true taste in the parure without this noble simplicity and without an analogy between a parure and the part of the body to which it is destined."
Le Courrier de la Mode, April 1768
* Probably a figurative term for pocket hoops.