Redingote-from the French corruption of "riding coat." Originally a fitted, double-breasted man's coat with wide flat cuffs and collar, it was adopted in the 1780s by "scruffy chic" French men to express their admiration of all things English, particularly the government. The word "riding coat" turned into "redingote", and the garment was then exported back to England, where it was incarnated as a long, fitted woman's coat, belted and open in the front to show off the skirt of the dress underneath.

1817, from Wiener Modenzeitung. This redingote is heavily trimmed in the military style mimicking "the epaulets and the Hungarian passementerie from the uniforms of the dashing hussars" (Kessler 46). The wrists are trimmed with fur and eight levels of button, cord, and fringe trim. The lady carries a piece of sheet music in her right hand. Her bonnet features and rose and assorted flowers on it.
1822, the waist-line has already begun to drop towards a more natural one. The heavy braiding on the blue redingote is in the military style. The bonnet is fairly deep and made of white straw. It is decorated with flowers, ribbon, and feathers. The Elizabethan ruff is still popular, but it is fuller now and extends out further from the neck. A white cashmere shawl covers the lady's shoulders
1824. The crepe hat is trimmed with braided satin and banded with satin folds.

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