Full mourning lasted a full year and consisted of clothing made of dull black fabrics without embellishment or jewelry. A women in full mourning wore a veil to cover her face when she left the house. She avoided balls and frivolous events during that time.
After a year had passed, the widow added small trimmings and simple jewelry. Later, that second year, the widow would add some color. Gray, mauve, and duller shades of purple and violet were suitable at that time. But in most cases, the mourning dresses are in the black which would show the solemnness and the respect.