As for me, I ended up wearing a "this old thing" dress from my closet, but I had to make a new hat for it since my original bonnet got crushed on the return from from Costume College last year. The straw on the brim was broken in several areas, but the crown was fine, so I chopped off the brim and recycled all the bits and pieces to make it into a small brimless bonnet similar to the one seen on the top right here from koshka-the-cat's collection of 1883 Godey's illustrations. I really miss my wide-brimmed bonnet, but this was better than nothing.
I also tried wearing a curly fringe hairpiece since it is almost impossible to find a photo or illustration of women in the 1880's without bangs. I know it it technically "correct" for this era, but seriously, y'all - I hate it. I feel like I'm back in middle school in the 1980's with a bad perm. LOL! I think I'll try wearing straight bangs next time since I've found a few photos of women from the 1880's with non-curly fringe. But oh well... at least I tried! :)