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1870's/1880's  Riding Habit -  The high mandarin collar, multi- button front, and stylized coat-tail, seen in French fashions as early as the 1870’s, were more typical of American habits in the 1880’s. This habit, in a very light weight bottle green wool, has 11 seams and two stays in the basque, or snugly fitted bodice.Straight legged riding trousers of matching fabric were standard under the double-knee-pocket riding skirt of the period.

Riding Habit - The high mandarin collar, multi- button front, and stylized coat-tail, seen in French fashions as early as the were more typical of American habits in the Green Fashion)

1870 American riding habit. A typical example of women's riding gear, this garment stays true to stringent fashion requirements of the day. Differences show up in the hardware, which has a masculine feel.

A typical example of women's riding gear, this garment stays true to stringent fashion requirements of the day. Differences show up in the hardware, which has a masculine feel.

1875  Riding Habit, American.  Back Waist View.  Green wool with looped up skirt train and front buttoned jacket.  metmuseum.org     suzilove.com

Riding habit Date: ca. 1875 Culture: American Medium: wool Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 29 in. cm) Length at CB (b; cm) Credit Line: Purchase, Marcia Sand Bequest, in memory of her daughter, Tiger (Joan) Morse, 1979 Accession Number: b

Later 1800's 2-piece Side Saddle Riding Habit with Silvertone Skirt Lifter!

Later Side Saddle Riding Habit with Silvertone Skirt Lifter!

1890's   The hour-glass silhouette of the 1890’s was interpreted for riding in this black wool habit by L.P. Hollander & Co. of Boston, MA. The closely fitted jacket buttons high, its shape insured by eleven stays. A complicated double-knee-pocket riding skirt was designed to fit smoothly over the upper pommel of a sidesaddle yet hang with a level hem. The extra length of skirt, or train, is carried in the left hand for mounting or swagged behind and buttoned up on the right hip for walking.

1890's The hour-glass silhouette of the 1890’s was interpreted for riding in this black wool habit by L.P. Hollander & Co. of Boston, MA. The closely fitted jacket buttons high, its shape insured by eleven stays. A complicated double-knee-pocket riding skirt was designed to fit smoothly over the upper pommel of a sidesaddle yet hang with a level hem. The extra length of skirt, or train, is carried in the left hand for mounting or swagged behind and buttoned up on the right hip for walking.

Madame de Pompadour (Woolen riding habit, 1870s)

Two-Piece Navy, Wool Riding Habit, Most women who chose to ride in the Century were of more than moderate means. A lady would be required to be fitted for a riding habit of the latest style.

1875-1879 Canadian Sidesaddle Riding Habit (dress) at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto - From the curators' comments: "The snug jacket is lined with cotton for comfort and the perfectly fitted waistcoat is padded and boned for warmth and fit. The complicated, asymmetrical sidesaddle skirt wraps and drapes elegantly around the lower body when standing. In the saddle the curved seams undulate over the knees, around the buttocks, and completely hide the legs and ankles."

1875-1879 Canadian Sidesaddle Riding Habit (dress) at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto - From the curators' comments: "The snug jacket is lined with cotton for comfort and the perfectly fitted waistcoat is padded and boned for warmth and fit. The complicated, asymmetrical sidesaddle skirt wraps and drapes elegantly around the lower body when standing. In the saddle the curved seams undulate over the knees, around the buttocks, and completely hide the legs and ankles."

Riding habit, 1868-70’s, Karen Augusta Antique Lace & Fashion

Riding habit, Karen Augusta Antique Lace & Fashion Yess, closets I've come to a Civil War era riding habit example!

Riding Habit  Date: ca. 1875 Culture: American Medium: wool

Riding Habit Date: ca. 1875 Culture: American Medium: wool Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 29 in. cm) Length at CB (b;

Augusta Auctions, April 17, 2013 - NEW YORK CITY: Ladys Side Saddle Habit, C. 1890

LADY'S SIDE SADDLE HABIT, c. 1890 Black wool, fitted long jacker, red wool pieced beneath jacket collar, label on skirt "Dark & gordon New York".