WHAT WE WORE
The full bell-shaped skirts of the women are the most noticeable feature of fashions at this date. They were shaped with petticoats, the crinoline hoop not introduced until later in the decade. Bodices were tight-fitting and hair sleek and Oval- brimmed bonnets or caps for inside wear were the most common headwear for women and fifitted closely over the middle- parted hair, pulled neatly into a chignon at the back. smooth. The frock coat, which was worn as part of a slim-fitting three-piece suit, was usual for men, and side-whiskers were a popular masculine hairstyle. This fashionable lady wears a red mantle, a garment halfway between a coat and cloak, like a loose- fifififififififitting wrap, with wide sleeves. The mantle or shawl was ideal to fifififit over full skirts. Gaiters were worn to protect the lower legs and clothing when working. Breeches or leggings were sometimes more practical for agricultural work and so still used, although trousers were generally worn by men.