1816 Meeting the St. Cloud Coach,
Place de la Concorde, Paris, France.
The woman is wearing a white walking dress decorated with rows of ruffles at the hem, the common and fashionable style of dress worn by women at the time in rejection of the more formal and fussy dresses worn by the French court under the King’s reign.
Over her white dress is a brown ‘Spencer’, a type of jacket styled to copy men’s English coat fashions, but cut high above the waist to wear over the high-waisted dresses of the Empire period.
Her lace collar, reminiscent of the more luxurious times of the Ancien Régime, was quite fashionable in 1817.
In the background, men are wearing full-length, wider-legged pants, as opposed to the shorter, tighter pants of earlier periods. They also wear either top hats, or formal hats, or bicornes.
Illustrations by François Courboin from Octave Uzanne‘s Les Modes de Paris. Variations du goût et de l’esthétique de la femme, 1797-1897, L. Henry May, Paris, 1898, or from the English translation of the same work: Fashion in Paris : the various phases of feminine taste and aesthetics from 1797 to 1897, William Heinemann, London, 1898.