Just what was the well-dressed woman wearing in Tucson in 1902? If the fashion writers of the day had their say, it would be Japanese dressing gowns suitable for the family breakfast table.
For going out, cutaway coats were coming into vogue, although bolero jackets were very popular.
From the Arizona Daily Star, June 10, 1902:
It is a relief to know that cotton sateen could be substituted for silk if economy was necessary. Torchon lace was known to be stronger and more economical for the middle class fashionista than others.
This information on fashion for women came from such cities as Paris and, possibly, New York. It may have been difficult for women in the "Wild West" to keep up with the latest look. It would be expensive.
While many of the items were meant to be washable, it is supposed that they were meant to be washed by servants. And they would certainly require washing after a women spent any time near the dusty streets of Tucson.
From the same newspaper:
Some definitions for the no-so-fashion-conscious among us: A basque is either a jacket with a short skirt attached or the bodice of a lady's dress with a short skirt. A bolero is a short jacket that doesn't quite reach the waist and often is worn open without buttons or fasteners. Foulard is a light-weight fabric often of cotton or silk.