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Riding Habit from Nicholas Heideloff's Gallery of Fashion, June, 1795, Fig. 55. This habit combines colors in a daring way--a bright scarlet habit is given an aqua silk collar and worn with a black hat with a wide rose ribbon and two black plumes. The white cravat echoes the cravats so essential to male fashion of the day. The figure in the background is the lady's groom--the essential servant for a lady going out for a ride in a public park. Her elegant horse might have been purchased by an adoring husband or a kind father or brother at Tattersall's Horse Auction Yard, opened 1766

Riding Habit from Nicholas Heideloff's Gallery of Fashion, November, 1795, Fig. 76. [image not available]

The hair in curls and ringlets; the hind hair turned up plain. White patent hat made of raw silk; two yellow craped feathers in the front. Riding dress of grey cloth. Waistcoat of yellow silk. Riding handkerchief, trimmed full round the neck. York tan gloves. Yellow shoes.

Riding Habit from Nicholas Heideloff's Gallery of Fashion, May, 1797, Fig. 138. This is labelled "Hyde Park Riding Dress." The text reads: "The front hair combed plain; the sides and hind hair in ringlets. Black beaver hat, with a gold band and tassels; round blue ostrich feather placed in the front of the hat. Riding dress of blue cloth. Double plaiting of Valenciennes lace round the neck. Large gold hoop ear-ring. York tan gloves. Purple Spanish leather shoes."

From The Lady's Magazine 1796 Volume
June 1796
Female Fashions in Paris.

THE following are the raging fashions in Paris at the present time.Riding Coat à la Pallas.--This dress makes the waist appear very neat and elegant: the lappel à la Minerve is made to go round the breast and shoulders in a drapery, and fastens with buttons at the throat.[no image accompanied this description]

From The 1799 Volume of the Lady's MagazineJuly 1799


Riding Habits.

Round beaver close cap, and feather in front, with gold chain band round the crown. Gold band of muslin cravat round the neck. Blue, green, or corbeau jacket and petticoat, with black velvet collar, and double rows of Nelson's-ball gilt buttons; fine tan leather gloves; half boots of black Spanish or Morocco leather: a small quantity of hair appearing round the cap.

From The 1799 Volume of the Lady's Magazine

September 1799
Fashions in Paris.
Riding Coat à la Paphos

This is without sleeves, and the slope is in the Greek fashion: it is worn over a white dress. It makes a very long skirt behind. The waist is plaited into fold, the front adorned in the same manner. It is of a very grand design, says citizeness Lissrand.

The 1799 Volume of the Lady's Magazine

November 1799



Riding Dress

Beaver hat of black or purple, with gold chain band and double feather. Habit of corbeau or blue, with ball buttons in double circular rows.--Black collar.

The 1801 Volume of the Lady's Magazine

March 1801


Blue habit, trimmed with gold cord. Hat trimmed with gold band, and black feather in front.

Riding Habit, 1803, from Journal des Dames et des Modes also called Costume Parisien (1797-1839). This riding habit is in the "Amazon" style.
La Belle Assemblée, May Vol. 5, No. 32 (1812) Plate labelled "Ladies Riding Dress" [no apostrophe]; original description follows: EQUESTRIAN COSTUME

An [sic] habit of bright green, ornamented down the front, and embroidered at the cuffs à-la-militaire with black. Small riding hat of black beaver, fancifully adorned with gold cordon and tassels, with a long ostrich feather of green in front; or a green hat with black tassels and black feather. Black half boots, laced and fringed with green. York tan golves. When this dress is worn as a curicle or walking costume, it is made as a pelisse without the riding jacket, and confined round the waist by a fancy belt of black and green.

This habit was made by Mr. S. Clark, 37, Golden-square.

La Belle Assemblée, February Vol. 7, No. 42 (1813) Plate labelled "Walking Dress" but described as "The Regency Habit" in the text. Original text follows:

A stone coloured habit, trimmed round the body with swansdown, and ornamented entirely across the bosom with a thick row of rich silk braiding to correspond Waist much shorter than they have been worn for some time, and the sleeve longer and looser than those of the last three months. Regency hat of black beaver or seal skin, ornamented with an elegant feather of the same colour, and finished by a gold button and loop on one side. Large bear or seal skin muff; stone coloured kid gloves, and black kid sandals. Some elegantes wear silk stockings, to correspond with the habit; but white are more general.

Riding Dress, 1818, from Rudolf Ackermann, The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashion, and Politics, 1809-1829. Braiding runs up the front of this riding habit.

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