Category Archives: Fashion

Regency fashion for children: Skeleton Suits!

Regency fashion for children: Skeleton Suits!

The history of clothing for European infants and children is relatively unremarkable until the last decades of the 18th century. From birth to nearly two years of age, infants (male and female) were swaddled tightly (a philosophy that, thankfully, waned in the 17th century until obsolete by the late 1700s). At that point both sexes were… Continue Reading

BIG, colorful hats! Derby fashion parade.

BIG, colorful hats! Derby fashion parade.

Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the founder of the Kentucky Derby — click to read my post on Austen Authors for more on thoroughbred horse racing — modeled the race after European-style racing events like the Royal Ascot and Derby at Epsom Downs. In the past, and still to this day, the English races mandated formal… Continue Reading

How to Dress for Derby

How to Dress for Derby

Thanks to the knowledgeable folks at The Art of Manliness — link here — anyone of the male sex can attend the Kentucky Derby assured that he is dressed and groomed properly. This IS the South, after all, where dressing according to the rules of fashion are vital! This is the link to the main… Continue Reading

Wellingtons: the Man AND the Boots

Wellingtons: the Man AND the Boots

Military uniforms, fame and fashion have always been closely linked. Regimental dress uniforms were designed to stand out and impress young men into joining up – with the added bonus of attracting the opposite sex in the process. LOL! When the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (1792–1815) brought much of Europe into battle, it is hardly… Continue Reading

Fashion for the Regency Lady ~ Cover up!

Fashion for the Regency Lady ~ Cover up!

When it comes to Regency fashion it is difficult to know where to start. Arbitrarily starting on the outside, let’s talk about the garments worn by the ladies of the day for warmth.   With the fashion of the time favoring lightweight fabrics with almost no underclothing, women were literally freezing to death. 1803 was a… Continue Reading