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1670 Redingote by Tadarida 1670 Redingote by Tadarida
A formal riding habit for women appeared somewhere in latter half of 17th century. Up until then, women wore normal everyday dresses for riding. Outfit included a men's coat, masculine hat and even a periwig. The only difference was a full petticoat instead of breeches. While pretty conservative to today's eye, it was actually quite scandalous because of its similarities to men's clothing. 

Obviosuly, this kind of dress is suited for a lady-like side saddle. I don't know much about horse riding and so it's hard for me to imagine, how comfortable could it be, to ride astride wearing something like that. All post-medieval paintings I've found, that depict women riding astride, show them wearing breeches. Anyone know more about this? Are there any paintings with women riding astride while wearing skirts? They had to sometimes, but considering that there was no underwear, that'd have to chaf... did they wear breaches underneath skirts?
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BisexualZuko Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I ask where you found images of women riding in breeches? I've only ever been able to find redingotes!
ringonoki Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Professional General Artist… I have found this video, that shows riding in side-saddle.
AngelusMerkel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't remember exactly, but to the best of my knowledge women's saddles were a Victorian thing, rather than belonging in the Baroque era. But, then I might be wrong.
Tadarida Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016
women's saddles were introduced in middle-ages, though they were not very functional, horse had to be led by another rider. More comfortable saddles were developed in 1500s and they finally allowed the rider to control her own horse
evilangel9996 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
I have worn an 1850s full skirt riding habit for reenactment, rode astride while not in period. I did wear modern panties and not period pantlettes, but will say that even in the wide skirts of the 1850s, riding astride was not comfortable. I'd either have to sit on my skirt and stretch it out over my legs, or bunch the back of my my skirts up behind me and sit panties to saddle on the horse, with my legs covered and still kind of stretching the skirts out. Its really hard to describe, but it was not comfortable.
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