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August fashions, 1867 France, Journal des Demoiselles
September fashions, 1866 France, Cendrillon
A woman in a daring riding habit, ca 1901 US
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carolathhabsburg:

Beauty in riding habits. Late 1880s

She is exquisite!

Riding habits were constructed with a feminine silhouette, but were given such masculine details as buttons, cuffs and jacket lapels.  A formal men’s hat, such as the top hat shown here, was worn in Victorian times (and later) - sometimes with a veil on the back.
The tradition of menswear in riding habits is an old one.  In 1666, a young Samuel Pepys wrote:
Walking in the galleries at White Hall, I find the Ladies of Honour dressed in their riding garbs, with coats and doublets with deep skirts, just, for all the world, like mine; and buttoned their doublets up to the breast, with periwigs under their hats; so that, only for a long petticoat dragging under their men’s coats, nobody could take them for women in any point whatever; which was an odde sight, and a sight did not please me.
They were often trained or longer on one side of the skirt so as to protect modesty while riding sidesaddle.

hatsfromhistory:

carolathhabsburg:

Beauty in riding habits. Late 1880s

She is exquisite!

Riding habits were constructed with a feminine silhouette, but were given such masculine details as buttons, cuffs and jacket lapels.  A formal men’s hat, such as the top hat shown here, was worn in Victorian times (and later) - sometimes with a veil on the back.

The tradition of menswear in riding habits is an old one.  In 1666, a young Samuel Pepys wrote:

Walking in the galleries at White Hall, I find the Ladies of Honour dressed in their riding garbs, with coats and doublets with deep skirts, just, for all the world, like mine; and buttoned their doublets up to the breast, with periwigs under their hats; so that, only for a long petticoat dragging under their men’s coats, nobody could take them for women in any point whatever; which was an odde sight, and a sight did not please me.

They were often trained or longer on one side of the skirt so as to protect modesty while riding sidesaddle.

Riding habit (left) and day dresses, 1916 US, the Delineator

Riding habit (left) and day dresses, 1916 US, the Delineator

Riding habit, ca 1910 Paris, Les Arts Décoratifs
Riding habit with matching pants, ca 1885
Riding dress, 1818, Ackermann’s Repository

Riding dress, 1818, Ackermann’s Repository

Outdoor and riding dress, 1843 Italy, Corriere delle Dame

Outdoor and riding dress, 1843 Italy, Corriere delle Dame

Bonnets, dinner, evening and riding dress, 1830
Mens riding hat, ca 1830 United States, MFA Boston

Mens riding hat, ca 1830 United States, MFA Boston

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