Regency Women’s Fashions by Suzi Love
Who loves Regency Fashion? Everyone?
Of course we do, because these fashions are elegant and pretty and sometimes afford a gentleman a tiny glimpse of a well-turned ankle. Though to me that sounds like the lady has sprained her ankle rather than looking fashionably slim.
Empire style gowns, named after Napoleon’s first Empress, became popular at the turn of the century and were high waisted with skirts gathered under the bust. Fabrics were thinner, sometimes almost transparent, so outerwear became thicker and more practical eg Redingotes and half cloaks and accessories such as oversized fur muffs became popular.
Colors became more popular in the early 1800s, replacing the basic white clothing worn around 1800 when fashions were Greek styled. Women embraced the chance to show individuality. Bonnets grew higher, with lace, ribbons, and often plumed, and were made to match gowns and cloaks which meant that fashionable women were taking the time to put together complete ensembles from shoes, to gloves and hats.