Fashion of the month: The age of enlightenment.

1700’s – 1750’s in fashion:
Fashion in the period 1700–1750 in European and European-influenced countries is characterized by a widening silhouette for both men and women following the tall, narrow look of the 1680s and 90s. Wigs remained essential for men of substance, and were often white; natural hair was powdered to achieve a fashionable look. Distinction was made in this period between full dress worn at Court and for formal occasions, and undress for everyday clothes. As the decades progressed, fewer and fewer occasions called for full dress which had all but disappeared by the end of the century.

In this English family portrait, the ladies wear pastel-colored gowns with closed skirts and lace caps. Some wear sheer aprons. The lady on the right wears a mantua. The men's long, narrow coats are trimmed with gold braid.


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