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Being an equestrian, I am particularly interested in riding habits from past eras. The fashion plate above shows the quintessential habit from the Regency era (this example from 1816). They were frequently made in wools of a darker colour. While reds had been very stylish in the eighteenth century and still enjoyed popularity, navy blue because equally fashionable during the Regency. The habits had influences from masculine garments and military uniforms, as I’m sure you can see. Under the habit, you could see the delicate white cravat. To top it all off (bad joke, I know), there was always a jaunty hat which often had a veil trailing off the back. Don’t forget your gloves and riding crop!
This image, along with many others in my online fashion plate collection, was found at the fabulous New York Public Library’s picture collection.
3 years ago