Regency era in Britain lasted from 1795 to 1837 (though, there are some differences as to which years to consider Regency). The female fashion of this period was rather classical – corsets, high-waisted silhouette, emphasized breasts, and long flowing skirts, of course. The Regency ladies looked natural, elegant, and even sexy in a way (even with all those layers of clothing). But let’s have a more detailed look.
Regency styles look simple enough – but what really goes into achieving the look? Let us have a look what is underneath this 1815 walking outfit.
As always, a linen chemise and stockings first. You may use garters – these stockings stay up just by folding down though.
Next, leather walking boots.
And the basics layer is ready.
Next layer – stays/corset. In this case, a long-line one, with split sides for riding. A made/friend can help with the process. The corset fits snugly and its main function was to support the high placement of the breasts.
Close-up with the hip laced. This style was used from about 1810 to 1840s.
Short stays can be used as well.
Or an early form of Brasierre – surprisingly comfortable and supportive.
Gown next. Light and sometimes almost see-through, it relied on the undergarments for modesty. Gowns closing at the back needed help – but many closed in front, too.
If a woman fancied a walk and it was chilly outside, the fashionable cotton Redingote goes on. It fastens with hooks and eyes at the bodice, and a belt, but the pom-poms can serve as a fastening, too.
Bonnet next. Gloves. A shawl and a parasol – and the woman is ready for a walk.
Evening dresses will require the same amount of layers, and a cloak in colder weather for the transport.
Riding habits – a chemisette is worn over a petticoat and wool skirt. And then, a jacket is added on top. Military braiding was very much in fashion.