A Pelisse, or Walking Dress in England,
or a Redingote in France.
Regency women’s fashions at their best!
Originally, a Pelisse was a short fur lined, or fur trimmed, jacket that was usually worn hanging loose over the left shoulder of hussar light cavalry soldiers, ostensibly to prevent sword cuts. This style was then incorporated into Regency Era fashions.
A Pelisse, also called a Walking Dress in England and a Redingote in France, was a very fitted and
tailored garment made to cover the insubstantial fabrics e.g. muslin, and floaty designs of Empire styled gowns.
These lightweight dresses were fashionable, but certainly not warm when a lady was out walking or when riding in a carriage so outer layers of an overdress, hat, shawl, gloves, and large fur muff were necessary additions to their basic clothing.
The puffed sleeves and the use of military styling such as braid trims, brass buttons, high necklines, and caped shoulders are in keeping of the long years when Britain was at war with other countries, especially France, and hundreds of thousands of soldiers were in public in their uniforms.
Aristocrats wearing a uniform were seen as romantic figures to be admired by the ladies, and therefore military style fashions were also seen as admirable and patriotic.