Life And Style: Hints On Matters Of Victorian Dress (Gentlemen’s Edition)

As we have already considered this matter for ladies, it seems only fair that we now turn our attention to the gentlemen. After all, dress is not a primarily female concern and it would be silly to pretend that no man has ever been perturbed by the sense that he has not quite ‘got it …

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Life And Style: Hints On Matters Of Victorian Dress (Ladies’ Edition)

It is always possible to tell if someone is a lady, regardless of what they are wearing. A lady is unfailingly polite and considerate. Manners and morals are the mark of a true lady, not her dress, and certainly not her dedication to fashion. Nevertheless, a lady will always endeavour to be appropriately attired. By …

Life And Style: A Regency Guide To Wrapping Up Warm

While this time of year should really see the weather improving and the sunshine returning, it seems that dear Mother Nature is unwilling to play nicely. In response to this unseasonable weather, Behind The Past has created a guide to help you keep warm in style. After all, elegance is the highest calling for a …

Life And Style: The Victorian Language of Flowers (Lesson Three)

And so, once more, we are to delve into the secretive and mysterious world of the language of flowers. Except, with the help of Behind The Past, it will not be secretive and mysterious for you! And, as the April showers fall and spring begins to appear, who is to say that the new season …

Life And Style: A Lady’s Guide To The Regency Morning

In this age of elegance, what is one to do with the many hours of all play and no work? Jack may very well become a dull boy indeed, toiling away at his desk. But the young lady who sits in languorous boredom will, after a not particularly long length of time, also find herself …

Life And Style: The Victorian Language Of Flowers (Lesson Two)

As Valentine’s Day is very nearly upon us, Behind The Past has decided to aid and abet you in your romantic endeavours. And what better way to woo your beau than with the language of flowers? While some might claim that French is the language of love, this is only really helpful if you listened …

Life And Style: Ton-Spotting

The ton move among the first circles of Society. They are the wealthy, the fashionable and the high-born. Having made your way up to London for the Season, you may decide to indulge yourself in a little Ton-Spotting... Now, this can serve as an amusing diversion, or as a way to mark out targets (or, …

Life And Style: The Victorian Language Of Flowers (Lesson One)

Let us say that you open the door and find that you have been delivered a bouquet of flowers, or better still, that a servant has opened the door and brought you a bouquet of flowers. Your mind is all of a flutter with questions... Is there a note? Who is it from? But, more …

Life and Style: Five Useful Items of Fashion for Regency Ladies

The arrival of the New Year presents ladies with the perfect opportunity to re-assess their wardrobes. The ambitious lady, unless she has the advantage of a grand inheritance or wealthy (and generous) relations, knows that her wardrobe must be carefully cultivated and well-managed. She cannot afford to purchase a bonnet in the hopes of making …

Life and Style: Must-Have Accessories for the Fashionable Regency Lady

As all ladies of taste will know, creating an outfit is no mean feat. Style is an art, which requires endeavour, commitment and judgement. One must be careful to create the correct aesthetic. Our clothing is a representation of our inner selves and our aspirations. The current preference for gentlemen (as directed by the esteemed …