Posted by Caroline on August 12, 1997 at 07:37:29:
In reply to Regency attire in warmer climes posted by Amy on August 11, 1997 at 12:12:31
] I like to think that our favorite Austen characters would not sweat their brains out if breaking a few conventions would make them more comfortable. And the children! Would our Anne Wentworth, for example, insist that her children wear stockings on hot hot days in the tropics?
There's a mention of this in the completed version of "Sanditon" where one of the main characters heads out for India, where one uses "stays made of silver, for whalebone ones rot" (not an exact quote, because I don't have the book here)
Somehow, I cannot imagine Anne W insisting on stockings. Pictures of English children suggest that they went barefoot a lot of the time (except in their best clothes, of course!)
The military men in their wool jackets seem to have kept the same clothing as at home,poor devils. Khaki cottons were invented in India, but not until much later, I think!
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