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

Regency Men: Richard “Conversation” Sharp

The chief secret of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex us, and in prudently cultivating our undergrowth of small pleasures, since very few great ones, alas! are let on long leases. – Letters and Essays in Prose and Verse Quite possibly one of the most popular celebrities in the Regency era, Richard “Conversation” Sharp came from wealthy London merchants and excelled beyond to become … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: The Persian Student in London

I heard of a fascinating new book on NPR the other day, the recounting of a diary of Persian student who travelled, with five other students, to study in London in 1815.  The new release The Love of Strangers: What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s London by Nile Green relates the adventures of the Muslim young men as they immerse themselves in British Regency … Expand

Regency Fashion: Men’s Gloves

The fashion of gloved fingers (except during the winter) is sadly in the past. A proper Regency gentleman would have had a collection for riding, evening, etc. In the evening, buff or white gloves would be worn at all times by the gentleman with the exception of dinner/supper time (http://www.blacktieguide.com/History/02-Regency_Details.htm).  Apparently, there was also a trend of men taking off their gloves to shake hands: … Expand