Posted by P. Bingham on January 26, 1998 at 19:27:48:
In response to Q: re. women's riding clothes, written by Carolyn B on January 26, 1998 at 18:46:50
Riding dresses differed from regular style of dresses in pretty much the same way as they did later and before... They were made to accommadote the horse and sidesaddle, usually, though not always, with a train. A riding dress would not be appropriate for everyday wear for the very reason you mentioned, that pouchy look.
I'm sorry I cannot help you with the question regarding the dress and hat but I'm sure someone else will. I don't recall that photo.
About women astride, sure some very racy women might ride astride, some even might have worn loose-fitting breeches if working on the farm. But usually it was the men who worked the farm and the women took care of the house, the washing, the ironing, cooking, etc.
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