Our Heroine (my roleplaying character) is a mad scientist. She is also the daughter of a very rich man, and thus basically upper-class. What is the most *practical* clothing she could have worn day-to-day in public without seeming completely absurd? I'm getting the impression that she'd likely be wearing a long, relatively straight-skirted dress, though she could hopefully manage one of a washable fabric that's wide enough to walk freely. And I think, especially since she's fairly slim, not wearing a corset wouldn't be completely beyond the pale, though it would seem odd. (her main practical concerns are the ability to move freely, and the ability to get the odd grease stain out of her clothing...)
Are my vague impressions at all correct? Anyone have a likely picture to point me at?