The skirts in this time period were made full with many layers of petticoats. This made the skirt big. The bigger the skirt the higher the social class of the individual wearing the dress.
The shoulder line of the dress generally didn't lay on top of the shoulder but in the sides of the shoulder, down to the arm. This made it almost impossible for women to move their arms.
Women were never seen in public without a dress on. These dresses were usually elaborate with lots of bows and frills. The dresses went past the ankles to touch the floor, anything shorter than this was not acceptable. Many colors and designs were put into one dress.