British riding habit: 1750-59: Women’s riding outfits, known as ‘riding habits’, of the 18th century adapted elements of men’s dress. This jacket of the 1750s is styled after a man’s coat, although it has been modified with a waist seam to fit over stays and a wide petticoat.
Beauty in riding habits. Late 1880s. Riding habits were constructed with a feminine silhouette, but were given such masculine details as buttons, cuffs and jacket lapels. A formal men’s hat, such as the top hat shown here, was worn in Victorian times (and later) - sometimes with a veil on the back. The tradition of menswear in riding habits is an old one.
LADY'S SPORTING OUTFIT, c. 1910 Riding or hunting, khaki wool twill, long fitted jacket, horseshoe shaped pockets, back vent w/ oil cloth facing, gold wool faux vest, matching jodphurs, suede inner thigh patches, brown buttons to hip & at side legs.