Have alook at this...
Posted by Caroline on January 27, 1998 at 10:31:00:
In response to Q: re. women's riding clothes, written by Carolyn B on January 26, 1998 at 18:46:50
How did riding clothes in this era differ from a regular dress? I know that in the later 1800s (my source says 1870s) a woman might be fitted for a riding habit while sitting in a sidesaddle on a wooden horse at the tailors so the skirts would be draped appropriately (but would look very pouchy when she wasn't sitting on a horse) Would the riding habits have been this specially made in the earlier part of the century?
Our much-loved Johanne did this website , mainly for Pemberley, a good while ago. Follow the link below.
Is the dress and hat Emma T's Elinor wears in S&S fairly typical of the period?
I think so.
And were there any circumstances in which a woman could ride astride? I'm wondering about farm women,etc whose family perhaps could not afford the luxury of a separate side saddle.
Gainsborough and other 'genre' painters show women riding astride....I've only seen farm workers, though.
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