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TRUE VINTAGE ~ Simply the most elegant and stylish long riding dress in a sophisticated shade of

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10 Apr, 2014 23:38:14 BST
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: TRUE VINTAGE ~ Simply the most elegant and stylish long riding dress in a sophisticated shade of rust red, embellished with black velvet ~ EXCELLENT VINTAGE CONDITION ~ such a flattering shape and a real head turner!





Equestrian/40s/Lady of the Manor/Edwardian

Exact Material:

50% Polyester, 50% Viscose



Exact Colour:

Dark Rust Red

Main Colour:



Estimate UK 10/12 - please see measurements

Vintage Type:

True Vintage


Estimate US 6 - 10 - please see measurements


Viscose Blend/Feels like light soft smooth crepe


Estimate Euro 38/40 - please see measurements

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Simply Stunning in 
Deep Rust Red & Black Velvet



Riding ~ Equestrian ~ 1940s Diva ~ 1950s Vamp ~ 'Old Hollywood' ~ 1930s Starlet 
City ~ Country ~ Fashionista ~ Circus ~ Ringmistress ~ Theatrical ~ Victorian ~ Edwardian ~ Suffragette Lady of the Manor ~ Governess ~ Mistress...Beauty ~ Just Gorgeous ~


STYLING: The Equestrian and Victorian Trend

‘Equestrian is always in…’ ~ Ralph Lauren

The distinctive and very elegantly sexy Victorian and equestrian looks are very on trend ~ and with their timeless elegance, always will be...

As design icon Ralph Lauren asserts, 'equestrian is always in' ~ perhaps because it can be worn with as much flair as fits your personality and always instils a sense of timeless class and subtle femininity as inherited by the Victorians who were able to achieve both rather admirably. So, don the leather riding boots and delight in the gorgeous hour glass silhouette intrinsic of the tweed riding jacket, or just as striking, the equestrian inspired riding dress, harking back again to the Victorian and Edwardian era.....

Women have always styled and worn their own versions of what is, or was, considered to be ostensibly men’s fashionable dress, with riding coats and all things ‘equestriana’ being no exception. From the 1870s, the more 'masculine' shape of ladies’ riding costume began to evolve into garments reminiscent of their daywear bodices ~ keeping the lapels and collars of men's jackets, but defining the shape of things to come in terms of the now familiar fitted silhouette with its rather romantic look of defined waist and long frock coat shape. 

The dawn of the Edwardian age saw the emergence of the blazer and, with the addition of darts, this new coat shape became trimmed to flatter the female form ~ a silhouette still echoed today in riding coats, jackets and riding style dresses.

By the 1910s, women’s riding jackets had lengthened ~ a modification that adhered to the long lines of the columnar fashions, resulting in a style that would dominate riding wear well into the 1920s.  The introduction of jackets that were cut away at the front came from a solution to the previous square-fronted jackets being damaged against the saddle when riding, while the outer skirt became flared at the back to drape comfortably over the saddle ~ and with the flattering, form-enhancing darts back in place, the cutaway frock coat was quickly adopted as a fashion staple by equestriennes and non-sporting women alike to become the classic, definitive 'riding' jacket. 

The distinctive, beautiful and timeless shapes of Victorian and Edwardian riding wear are fully evident in the modern trend for the equestrian look, with smart yet sexy coat and jacket shapes in various styles and lengths ~ single or double breasted, in wool/cashmere, tweed or velvet; short, chic jackets with military embellishment in the form of buttons, loops or braiding; long, flowing velvet coats with contrast trim, corset-style lacing, fitted or belted waists and bustle-style backs; the classic shape and authentic look of riding coats with smart tailoring and asymmetrical buttoning ~  it’s little wonder that contemporary designers and brands such as Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney and Hermès constantly extol the virtues of, and continue to rework, the equestrian aesthetic in coats, jackets and dresses.

Riding wear often stands out from other looks with its fabulous and fitted tailoring, powerful silhouettes, romantic elegance and smart detailing on coats and on dresses. These are garments that continue to stand the test of time and whether vintage or contemporary, they evoke the Victorian ethos for quality, shape and style that’s perfect for a trend able to traverse so many modern looks; from the elegance of the courtyard and countryside via Goth, Dandy, Poet, Mistress, Steampunk, military, pirate and more...equestrian style is endlessly evocative and beautifully timeless...




~ Equestrian Mistress  ~ Country House ~ Victorian ~ Edwardian Vamp ~ 40s War Bride ~ WWII ~ 50s Sleek Glamour ~ 30s Diva ~ Circus Ringmistress ~ Theatrical ~ Mistress...

An impossibly stylish vintage riding dress with the most elegant of long, fluid lines that drapes just beautifully in a lightweight viscose/cotton type material (like the softest of crepes), making this fabulous riding dress so attractive and lovely to wear.

This dress is beautiful, exceptionally flattering and the colour is just divine and very contemporary ~ a gorgeous rust-red, with evocations of the classic equestrian palette.

The top of the collar is a striking contrast to the rust red, in black velvet ~ with rust red self-fabric revers, these can be worn open ~ or buttoned right up to the velvet collar to give that double-button panelled look that’s currently so on trend! A double row of eight velvet buttons on the front ~ the turn back, pointed cuffs are also embellished with a single black button and finished with a neat velvet band that gives a lovely contrast.

Two lovely mock pocket flaps, again in that gorgeous black velvet, sit on each side of seams leading down to the hem of a lusciously long skirt which flares softly into the simplest yet most stunning of lines, gently draping to give the dress the perfect maxi shape.

The impeccably elegant lines continues through the back, with a chic self-fabric band sitting at the back of the waist and three beautifully tailored seams framing the shape before again giving way to the sumptuous silhouette of that striking skirt.

The trend for all things equestrian continues apace, as does the 40s style of sleek, elegant long lines – and this dress fits the bill on all counts.  Such a classic yet powerful shape with its distinctive style that always flatters  ~  and so many ways to wear it!  Day or night, give in to your inner Equestrian Mistress, be fashionable with 40s flair, stride out and swish your skirts – or just be fabulous!

In Excellent vintage condition.

No fabric label ~ Viscose / cotton blend ~ feels like soft smooth lightweight dress crepe ~ in fabulous rust red with black velvet detailing and buttons...




There is no size label in the garment but based on measurements, we have estimated a UK size of 10/12.

UK estimate 10-12 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

EURO estimate 38-40 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.

US estimate 6/8-8/10 ~ might fit other sizes ~ please see measurements.



All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat so please double up for all the way around where appropriate.

All measurements are taken with the garment pulled a bit to flatten ~ and please be aware that there is inevitably a slight discrepancy in the ways different people measure ~ so all measurements are approximate and please give or take about a ¼ inch or so either way. 

Please measure against a similar garment of your own which you know fits you well.

Bust ~ armpit to armpit across front ~ approx: 18 inches.

Waist ~ approx: 14½ to 15 inches

Hips ~ VERY approx: 19 inches - though the style and shape of the dress will allow for a larger hip size...

Length ~ taken from shoulder seam where it meets neckline, and down back of garment to hem  ~ approx: 52 inches

Sleeve Length ~ taken from shoulder seam and along TOP of sleeve to cuff: approx: 22 inches. (The cuffs can be unfolded to give a different look and a longer sleeve ~ sleeve length with cuff unfolded: approx 26 inches)



20th Century Vintage & Contemporary


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