So I think everybody knows that the Shire was based on rural Victorian England, where J.R.R. Tolkien grew up. The Victorian era began in 1837 and ran to 1901. And the technology of the Shire seems to add up; they have indoor plumbing, a working postal system and have a police force. Also, they seem to have access to a wide variety of trade, judging by the foods in Bilbo's pantry.
So why don't the hobbit women's dresses look right?
The hobbit men are fairly spot on for the time period, but the hobbit women look like someone slapped ears on the tavern wenches at the local Renfest. Just an odd detail.
In fact, it's not until the flashback to Bilbo's childhood in the first hobbit movie that we see a hobbit woman wearing something than 'generic tavern wench outfit #5.' Bilbo's mother, Belladonna, is wearing a dress to the party that looks a dress that would be worn in the early 1700s.
So was so off-putting about English women's fashion from the 1730s to the 1800s that Weta just noped out of there?
*Goes to look* Hahahahahahahaaaa!
Apparently, if you really, really wanted to seem upper class and aristocratic, you let your nipples hang out. Check out the link for a far more in depth observation: isiswardrobe.blogspot.com/2013…
So Blackberry here was going to stay in the Shire with her new hubby, but circumstances have forced her to leave. (She did not botch that execution; it was 300% effective!) She travels to join Dwalin in Ered Luin, who has already gone ahead to sort things out. Blackberry wants to make a good impression, so she puts on her best dress before riding into the city.
I have to write this scenario now.
Artistically it's kind of meh. I drew Blackberry with her hips cocked, so her big, poofy skirts are cocked way to one side and it kind of looks like she's about to tip over. The lace on the sleeves turned out pretty crappy, too.