Riding Habits

Riding Habits, Overview

A distinctive equestrian costume for women, the riding habit, was first introduced in the 17th century. They were tailored by men in the manner of men's dress: a fitted jacket worn over a long skirt, often worn with a masculine hat....

Riding Habits, December 1798

"Riding habits of the most fashionable colours, corbeau or olive. The hats of velvet, or beaver and of all colours with small plumes. Shirts and cravats worn in place of...

Riding Habit, November 1799

This riding habit is interesting in that it appears to consist of a dress and a spencer, and not the more typical matching skirt and jacket of blue, green, or gray...

Walking and Riding Dresses, August 1800

"Round hat of green and white chip. Wreath of red roses. White veil. Round dress of white muslin. Scarf of green muslin; one end thrown carelessly over the right shoulder, the other over the left arm....

Riding Habit, May 1801

The habit skirt is trimmed down the center with a dark zigzag trimming, which is also used on the lapels and cuffs of the habit jacket. There is the tiniest peplum at the back of the jacket, which is cut very high...

Riding Habit, March 1803

Habits were composed of a skirt with attached bodice, and a jacket. A habit shirt, or a short trucker, would have been worn beneath the bodice...

Riding Habit, May 1803

Though I confess I am not overly fond of the hat, I find the rest of the ensemble quite beautiful: the jacket lapels framed by rows of buttons, the full ruff collar, and the typically French long sleeves that fell well below the wrist. The skirt, as with all riding habits, is cut very full and long....

Riding Habit, July 1806

The habit is made of nankin, a yellow or buff-colored firm-textured cotton. Though most habits are made of wool, this print is from July, and the lighter cotton fabric would have been appropriate for warmer weather....

Evening Dress and Riding Dress, September 1808

"A round dress of white Imperial sarsnet, or Italian crape, with a Roman tunick or amber satin, or Chinese silk. Antique stomacher, shirt folded sleeve, and rosette trimmings. Hair disposed in alternate bands and curls, with a long corkscrew ringlet falling from the left temple on the shoulder....

Riding Habit, December 1811

Of fine Georgian cloth; colour a pale lead or olive tinge; ornamented with frogs à la militaire in front, and finished at the pocket-holes to correspond. Beehive hat of fine moss or cottage straw; white lace curtain veil, twisted occasionally round the rim of the hat; jean or kid half-boots, the colour of the habit, trimmed with fur;...

Riding Habit, August 1812

"Made of ladies habit cloth, of Maria Louisa blue, trimmed down each side of the front with Spanish buttons, the waist rather long, with three small buttons on the hips; a short jacket, full behind, the front habit fashion, with small buttons up to the neck, and a row of small buttons on each side of the breast...

French Riding Habit, April 1816

The jacket here is tailored in a severe masculine style, double-breasted with a high collar. Like most habits, especially French ones, the sleeves are quite long, hanging below the knuckles....

Riding Habit, June 1817

The tight-fitting double-breasted habit jacket exhibits trends seen in other fashionable garments of this time, especially the very high waist, long sleeves with fuller shoulders, and the shoulder seam dropped slightly...

Riding Habit, July 1817

"Habit of fine Merino cloth, or the Florentia blue colour, finished about the bust and cuffs with Peruvian trimmings. Blue military cap, ornamented with plumes of feathers and rich silk cordons. Ruff of fine Mechlin lace....

Riding Habit, July 1818

"A habit composed of fine slate-coloured cloth; the skirt is of a moderate fulness, and finished up the front with braiding...

 

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