1750 -1795 in Fashion

1750–1795 in Fashion: General Trends

In western countries, the period 1750–1795 in fashion can be distinguished by fancy dresses and use of a lot of ornaments in clothes. Decoration with ornaments was mostly seen on the clothes of aristocrat people of France. It was seen before a long movement in the direction of simplicity and democratization of clothing under persuades of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the American Revolution. This led to a completely new approach and the conquest of British tailoring subsequent to the French Revolution.

1750–1795 in Fashion: Men’s Clothing

Men during the period 1750 to 1795 wore coats, waistcoat breeches of the earlier era. But the fabric was changed significantly. The men were more enthusiastic for outdoor sports and hunting activities. This led to carefully stitched woolen garments suitable for all events apart from the most formal.

 The skirts of the coats were narrower than the earlier centuries. Towards 1780s they started to be cutaway in a curvature from the front waist. BY 1770s, waistcoats were extended till mid-thigh and over the period, they were shortened to be of waist-length and cut straight across. There were no sleeves in waistcoats.

Over the shirt, waistcoat, and breeches, men at that time used to wear banyan at home as one type of dressing gown. This trend was same as earlier the periods.

1750–1795 in Fashion:Women’s Clothing

If we talk about women’s clothing, the period 1750–1795 in Fashion, maintained an emphasis on conical shape of the torso and the shape of the skirts witnessed changes all over the period.

A low-necked gown was in fashion for the years starting from 1750 to 1780. Most of the gowns in this era had skirts with a cut at front to reveal the petticoat worn underneath.

For home wears, the lightweight cotton, thigh-length gowns wrapped at front were in fashion. These short gowns were worn with petticoats.

Later, these bed gowns became the upper garments of working ladies in Britain and America.

1750–1795 in Fashion: Working Clothes

For working women, 1750–1795 in Fashion, can be characterized by the replacement of the gown, towards 1770s, by a tight-fitting jacket. But it was executed beautifully with finer fabrics.

While working men used to wear shirts, waistcoats, coats and breeches, women wore shifts, petticoats, and gowns or jackets during the period.

Regional style of men was smock-frocks, specifically for shepherds. Short hooded cloaks, mostly red in color, were worn by country women. Handkerchiefs or neckerchiefs were used by both working men and women.

1750–1795 in Fashion: Hairstyles

During this period, on formal occasions, men wore wigs or long and powdered hair, brushed back from the brow and clubbed with a black ribbon. By the end of the era, a tall, slightly conical hat with a narrow edge was considered as fashionable.

1750–1795 in Fashion, was remarkable for hairstyles and wigs that were shaped up very high, and often integrated with ornamental objects. At home, women wore mob caps and other regional style caps.

Though, hair was powdered in the beginning of 1780s, natural color hair sometimes dressed in a mass of curls became the new country fashion.

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