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What would you have worn if you lived during the American Revolution or the early 1800s?It depends on who you were:-Women wore layers and layers of undergarments, including corsets, chemises, and petticoats. -Wealthy women followed fashion trends from Europe. One daring dress was the Empire-style gown, which featured a high waist, a low neckline, bare arms, and clinging faWhat would you have worn if you lived during the American Revolution or the early 1800s?It depends on who you were:-Women wore layers and layers of undergarments, including corsets, chemises, and petticoats. -Wealthy women followed fashion trends from Europe. One daring dress was the Empire-style gown, which featured a high waist, a low neckline, bare arms, and clinging fabric. -Men of wealth wore powdered wigs in the Revolutionary era. -Men flaunted plenty of accessories, including neckties, top hats, walking sticks, and pocket watches. Women accessorized with gloves, hats, parasols, and fans. -Most farmers made do with only one or two outfits. Farm women spun yarn, wove fabric, and sewed clothing for the whole family.-At the start of the Revolutionary War, American soldiers wore their ordinary clothes into battle. Uniforms showed up later. -On southern plantation, some house slaves dressed in stylish dapper uniforms. But field slaves wore coarse, sacklike garments. -Very young boys and girls dressed alike--in short-sleeved cotton dresses. After age four, boys switched to knee length pants. Read more about Revolutionary and early 1800s fashions--from pantaloons to silk stockings to tricornered hats--in this fascinating book!...

Title : Petticoats and Frock Coats: Revolution and Victorian-Age Fashions from the 1770s to the 1860s
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ISBN : 9780761358886
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Petticoats and Frock Coats: Revolution and Victorian-Age Fashions from the 1770s to the 1860s Reviews

  • Carmen
    2019-02-25 10:50

    I love reading about fashion and clothing from the past. This book covers 1770-1860 clothing from the American Revolution and the Victorian Era.I like the illustrations. I wanted a book with a lot of pictures, because reading about clothing without having any pictures to show the clothing is very boring. I learned some very interesting things. For instance, boys and girls were indistinguishable until age 4, when they started dressing children in gendered clothing.Also, if you were poor or working class, you had very few clothes. Perhaps two outfits altogether. It was very scandalous for a a woman to be seen without a hat and gloves. Heaven forbid a man and woman had skin-to-skin contact with each other, even if it was just their hands while dancing! Beards were rare and even frowned upon. People thought they were dirty, ugly, and vulgar. In Fitchburg, Massachusetts, in 1830, one man dared to arrive at church with a beard. The minister refused him Holy Communion. Afterward, a group of townsmen attacked the bearded man with soap and razors and tried to give him a shave. By the 1850s, however, people's thinking had changed. Beards were widely accepted.Oh, and all the men were bald! They either cut their hair super-short or shaved themselves bald in order to wear powdered wigs. o.OAnother fascinating thing was mourning customs:At a funeral, black was the proper color for both men and women. Then came a long period of mourning, during which a woman followed specific rules about clothing. If her husband had died, she was expected to wear mourning clothes for 2 years. For a dead mother, father, or child, mourning was worn for a year, and for grandparents and siblings, 6 months. The woman started out in full black and at certain points could transition to half-mourning, which meant she could wear gray and dull violet.I learned a lot from the book and thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the pictures. I would love to own some of these dresses! :) But not the empire-waist ones, I don't like that style.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-01 15:07

    This series is very interesting and very informational. I love that all aspects of life (upper class to servants, men, women, and children) are discussed. Some things were a bit repetitive, however. Overall, it was a very easy read and a good, interesting, book.

  • Bunny
    2019-03-09 12:13

    Totally fun to read. Good descriptions and actually pretty informative of the time period for the length of the book.

  • Crystal
    2019-03-02 14:52

    Excellent series about historical dress. I liked that it showed what the dress was for all classes of life.I would recommend.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-10 12:55

    I loved paging through this, but did not read. G loved this as context for an essay contest she's entering, and we are off to get the rest of this series from the library.