Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why I Love Regency Fashion by Christy English

Why do I love Regency fashion?
 
Well, for starters, I love the tight trousers/breeches Regency men wore.
 

 

You see what I mean.
 
But a lady in this time period also had some lovely clothing options. For one thing, unlike her mother or grandmother before her, she did not have to be sewn into her fabulous Georgian gown by a lady's maid (remember the scene with Madame de Meruruille in Dangerious Liasons?
 
 
 
 
A Regency lady did not have to fight her panniers or hoop to sit down, but had a lovely lawn petticoat under a muslin or woolen straight skirt.
 

 
Even when she went dancing with the Prince Regent, her silk gown would be elegant, but not necessarily elaborate.

 
And no corsets! Ladies of the Regency period wore stays, of course, but they did not have to be crushed in a vise to fit into their gowns. Progress indeed.
 
A friend recently sent me a Regency style gown that she made herself. It is comfortable and airy, a lovely gown to wear out and about. I don't do that of course, but I am looking forward to Halloween.


Author Bio:

Christy English is happiest when she is dreaming. Her dreams have taken her to the royal court of Henry II in THE QUEEN’S PAWN, to medieval Paris in TO BE QUEEN, and now to Regency England in MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK, LOVE ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT, and HOW TO TAME A WILFULL WIFE, where she loves to watch her characters find true love, often in spite of themselves. Please visit her on her blog  http://www.ChristyEnglish.com , on Twitter https://twitter.com/ChristyEnglish , or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christy.english.779

7 comments:

  1. I LOVE the pretty clothing from that era! The elegance of the way they dressed and talked amazes me.

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    1. Me too Carolyn...I want to wear a gown like that maybe once a week :)

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  2. I love Regency clothing too. I think the classic lines of the gowns look good on everyone.

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    1. That is a huge advantage to that cut of gown, Shana,,,so true :)

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  3. Regency clothes were not only lovely they were far more practical than those of the Georgian and Victorian eras.

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    1. As a modern woman, the practicality really appeals to me Maggi

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  4. Beautiful clothing but given my tendency to trip over my own feet, I suspect I would be the one in the retiring room, forever repairing my hems! Thanks for the lovely illustrations.

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