I'm glad we don't feel obligated to wear these caps anymore. To me this dress looks a bit like a dressing gown, something to float around in after you get out of bed but not for anyone to see.
From Ackermann's Repository
A ROUND robe of fine Cambric jaconot muslin, fastened down the front with cotton ball tassels;
a flounce of lace or needle-work at the feet, appliqued with a narrow border of embroidery;
long full sleeve, confined at the hand with needle-work or French embroidery;
a falling collar and cape, trimmed with blond lace; full back, drawn to the shape.
A French mob cap, composed of white satin and blond lace, tied under the chin with celestial blue satin ribband, and ornamented with a wreath of flowers.
Necklace and cross of satin bead or pearl. Slippers of blue kid. Gloves of Limerick or York tan.