Today you have two blue and gold studies from the 1870s. crinolines were out and bustles were in. By the mid-70s the bustles were starting to grow toward the outrageous proportions they reached in the early 1880s. But for the moment the silhouette was still pretty thin compared to the wide bell skirts of the 60s.
Above is a plate from La Mode Illustree, 1976. The little girl's fur-trimmed coat seems to indicate that it's still winter. The blue dress appears to be a visiting gown, while the gold looks like a dinner gown (definitely afternoon wear).
The one below is from 1975, but I don't know the journal in which it originally appeared. The two dresses are walking dresses highlighting two different styles of sleeves and bustles. Everything was flouncy and ruchey in this decade (layers upon layers!). Also note the buttoned pockets on both dresses. The veils on the hats were partly meant to keep the dust out of one's coiffure since ladies often set their hair for the day and tried not to muss it.