Peasant style dresses make a great staple for costuming.
In particular for Steampunk costuming, where mix-and-match layering are practically part of the aesthetic!
A simple dress also fits a variety of shapes and sized with elasticated empire waist, neckline and sleeve bands.
Its gathered effect makes for a fuller skirt and puffy sleeves.
It can be worn on or off the shoulder (in gypsy blouse fashion).