Regency Fashion: London Dresses for October (1808)

This plate with accompanying descriptions appeared in the 1808 October issue of the Ladies Monthly Museum.  

Regency Pastimes: Conchology

From The young lady’s book: a manual of elegant recreations, exercises, and pursuits (1829): The book goes on to describe more specifically species and observations (you can click on any of the excerpts to be taken to the Google book and read). The science in the book seems a bit iffy, but nonetheless it is an interesting recommendation for a young lady and one that … Expand

Regency Fashion: Hats and Evening Dress

Appearing in October 1825’s Ackermann’s Repository, these delightful plates show an array of hats and an evening dress. I love the jaunty eyeglass on the sassy looking young lady. The 1820s are really when we start to see the turn of British fashion towards sleeves, waistlines, and trimmings of the Victorian era.

Georgette Heyer: Bath Tangle

The Earl of Spenborough has always been noted for his eccentricity. Leaving a widow younger than his own daughter Serena is one thing, but quite another is leaving Serena’s fortune to the trusteeship of the Marquis of Rotherham — a man whom Serena once jilted and who now has the power to give or withhold his consent to any marriage she might contemplate. When Serena … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Dandy, Macaroni, Pink and Bond Street Beaux

Regency Reader Question Katherine MS What is the difference between a A dandy, macaroni, pink of the ton? Source of Question Research Additional comments Maybe Bond Street Beaux also? Thanks for the question Katherine!  I am sure you are not the only reader (or writer, for that matter) a bit confused about the different slang words for a fancy pants man. Macaroni fashion really started … Expand

Laurie Benson: The Unexpected Countess

-Dash it, Miss Forrester, what are you doing up here?- The Earl of Hartwick delights in scandalizing the ton with his behavior. But it’s his turn to be scandalized when, on an escapade, he bumps into Miss Sarah Forrester–in the rain, at night, on a rooftop! Sarah is hunting for a diamond, and the last thing she needs is the infuriating Hart distracting her. But … Expand

Top Ten: Regency Romances for Halloween Season

Last year I offered a list of Halloween and Autumn Reg Roms, and thought I would update it this year with some new offerings for those of you who love to celebrate the Season of the Witch! Jacquie D’Alessandro – Sleepless at Midnight A midnight book club of ladies reading Frankenstein.  This was an entertaining mass market that also had a spine tingling tone.  There … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Debates for the Ladies

I discovered this treasure in the October 1808 issue of Lady’s Monthly Museum and thought I would share. I particularly love the hypothetical husband nicknames.