Women’s Fashions in the Early 1800s.
Who loves Regency Era Women’s Fashions?
Everyone? Of course we do!
Regency Era women’s fashions are elegant, pretty, and sometimes afford a gentleman a tiny glimpse of a well-turned ankle. Though to me, that sounds more like the lady has sprained her ankle rather than her ankle looking fashionably slim.
Empire style gowns, named after Napoleon’s first Empress, became popular from the beginning of the 19th century and were high waisted with skirts gathered under the bust.
Dress fabrics were thinner, sometimes almost transparent, which meant outerwear needed to be thicker and more practical.
A coat, called a Redingote in France, a Pelisse in England, and a walking dress in Rudolph Ackermann’s fashion plates, became a necessity to keep out the chilling cold.
Half cloaks, cloche or close-fitting hats, and accessories such as oversized fur muffs were very popular.
Colors became more popular by 1810 and replaced the basic white clothing worn around 1800 when fashions were Greek styled and flowing.
Women embraced the chance to show individuality. Bonnets grew higher, and were decorated with lace, ribbons, and plumes, or feathers.
Hats were made to match gowns and cloaks and fashionable women spent an extraordinary amount of time coordinating complete ensembles which included reticules or bags, shoes, shawls, gloves, hats, parasols, and fans.