Regency Era Fashion Chit Chat - January 1809 Ackerman's Repository
Nacaratt royal purple and gold are the most prevailing colours for pelisses and mantles, which are made of various materials, cloth, velvet, brocade, sarsenet, and satin, according to the fancy of the wearer. Head ornaments - Spanish hats, and caps decorated with feathers, flowers, pearls, or diamonds, according as the occasion requires. Morning dress, cloth, sarsenet, Brussels spotted muslin, trimmed with embroidery. Evening dress, satin, velvet, brocade, sarsenet, with gold or silver ornaments, and trimmings.
It is almost unnecessary to add, that the design and description of the ladies' fashions in this month, are under the direction of Madame Lanchester, whose taste in the department of ladies' dress and female ornaments, is so well known as to render any eulogium unnecessary.
Fashions for Gentlemen
The prevailing colours are dark brown and bottle green. The coat for evening dress is cut rather long in the waist, and short in the skirts, double breasted, with pointed lappels, corresponding in length to the hip button; the lappels are padded to fall back with the collar, which is made pretty high and stitched narrow, the collar to fall back about an inch and half; deep pockets under the cross flaps; the cuffs round.
The morning dress is made in nearly the same manner, only the pockets are in the plaits of the skirt, and the cuffs are either round or with a flap and three buttons.
The buttons are either gilt basket, or moulds covered with cloth.
Waistcoats are made single breasted, with a small flap about two inches lower than the coat lappel. Breeches are not made so high by two or three inches as they were, and the knee-band extends almost to the calf of the leg, with four buttons at the knee; they are made very tight; and pantaloons are pretty generally ornamented up the sides with brade.