|From the V&A, 1760s|
|RAMM Collections, 1810s|
|Les Arts Bibliotheque, via Scene in the Past on Flickr|
|1790s, Via Fox Historic Costume on Instagram--Click for more views|
So, as much as I loooove wool, I will admit that the idea of being clothed in it from head to toe, covered from neck to wrists and beyond my ankles, during the height of summer, while sitting on a warm, furry athletic partner...is slightly less than perfectly appealing. Plus the fact that there are limited but definite examples from multiple places and times is intriguing to me.
Obviously with the length of my to-do list, this won't be happening anytime in the next few months, or maybe even the next year. In the meantime, definitely check out one of my favorite (maybe the only?) recreation of a habit of this type by Katherine at The Fashionable Past. She's got some really good info and resources on her page so definitely take a look!
|I aspire to this!|
*For those that don't know, horses are measured in hands, which is equivalent to four inches. Their height is taken at the shoulder, or the withers. At this point in time, the cutoff between horse and pony is 14.2 hands, or 4'10". If your equine is shorter than that, they're a pony. Any taller, and they're a horse.