Georgian Era Fashions

The Tricorne or “Cocked Hat”

The tricorne hat, which was initially called a “cocked hat,” became popular in the 1700s but was falling out of fashion by the 1800s and eventually evolved into the bicorne. The tricorne was actually an evolution of a broad-brim round hat worn by Spanish soldiers in Flanders in the 1600s. When its brim was pledged…

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Women’s Accessories in the 1700s

Women’s accessories were the fashion item that completed their look, and in the eighteenth century, there were plenty of accessories for a woman to use or wear. These accessories included the following: chemise or shift, decency skirt, fan, fichu or kerchief, handkerchief, jewelry, millinery, pannier, parasol, petticoat, pockets or pocket hoops, shoes and shoe buckles,…

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History of the Fashionable Coat, the Spencer

The Spencer coat dates from the 1790s. It was originally a woolen double-breasted, short-waisted outer coat without tails that was “cut according to its cloth” and adopted by British military officers. Although there are varying elements in the story about exactly how the Spencer coat came about, most people claim the coat originated from a…

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Georgian Clothing for Sleep

Georgians thought about how to best achieve a good night’s rest because a lack of sleep was claimed to weaken the constitution. Part of the way a good night’s rest was achieved in Georgian times was by avoiding colds. Colds were supposedly brought on by an “imprudence in changing clothes,” and one long time observation…

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Georgian Hair – A Woman’s Crowning Glory and Its Care

By the late Georgian era, gone were the towering headdresses. In its place was a woman’s natural hair, considered her crowning glory. With a more natural look and styles taken from the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, women attempted to achieve a gorgeous head of hair. Hair color was one of the most important aspects. Fortunately,…

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Mottoes and Precious Stones During the 1700s

Zodiac stones have been around for a long time and thought to have a talisman influence. During the 18th century, in England and France, bracelets, brooches, rings, etc., were often set with precious stones, including zodiac stones. When the stones were combined the first letter of each stone spelled words that indicated some tender or…

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Walking Sticks or Canes

When swords fell out of fashion, walking sticks, sometimes referred to as canes, were substituted. At one point, gentlemen were wearing them “with a string, or a ribbon, dangling upon the fifth button.”[1] However, they were soon removed from the button and converted into nothing more than a switch, which hung around a person’s wrist…

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Gloves of the 1800s

Gloves have been around since the time of antiquity and were once called “the clothing of the hands.” One writer described gloves of the 1800s as “an object of luxury, elegance, and refinement,” but gloves were worn for many other reasons than fashion. Besides being used for fashion, they were also worn for comfort or…

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Stories of the Trousers Known as Inexpressibles

“That part of the dress which it is now unlawful to name, seems of old to have had the singular virtue of discomfiting witches and demons. Every one may have heard how the bare vision of St. Francis’ inexpressibles put the devil to flight,”[1] was one nineteenth century description of men’s trousers, known as inexpressibles.…

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Glove Etiquette in the 1800s

One writer noted, “a glove is an object of luxury, elegance and refinement,” which made them a frequent fashion accessory. In fact, both men and women wore gloves in the 1800s. But when wearing gloves required people to follow all sorts of etiquette rules. One etiquette book demonstrated this perfectly. It advised women in no…

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