So my boyfriend gave me one of the best and most invaluable birthday gifts I’ve ever come across: a book about the fashion of the ordinary people in 18th century England.
Seriously, if you’re interested in fashion, history or both, get it. It’s rich and fascinating, with excellent visual references (it’s seriously refreshing finding so many 18th century paintings outside the usual Rococo circles) and loads of insight into the changes and lives of the people. I admit, you have to like reading academic stuff to get into it, but to me it’s totally worth it. @_@
As a result I learned some new things just by skimming through the pages and drew my boys in more faithful and detailed renditions of the clothes they’d wear. An immediatelly rewarding exercise, since for the first time I feel I can distinguish them well by getting rid of the old coat-waistcoat-breeches combo.
Pity sailors wore loose breeches instead of tight-fitting D: