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Scoundress Saturday #3: Don’t Forget to Pack Clean Underwear

So–I started writing a bit about the Harrison shaving picture, and it kind of, uh, exploded. So here you go:

They’d all been getting along so well, laughing and joking and having fun all the way to the system. Part of it, Han reflected, was that they had all been so kriffing relieved to get away from Hoth. That cold permeated their bones, made even the most easy-going person (read: Luke) grumpy, made it simply hard to function at all.

It was just the four of them: Han, Chewie, Luke, and Leia, headed to meet some contact of Leia’s who had information on Imperial weapons facilities. It was the local fête week on planet, and it had been suggested that the best place for the transfer would be during the Fête Ball, when the royal family and commoners (the rich and snooty, Han had realized, but still commoners) were more likely to interact with one another. Chewie was co-pilot and security detail, if that came up; Leia, posing as a rich commoner there for the ball, was the main contact, with Han and Luke acting as her betrothed and her brother, respectively.

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anonymous asked:

So I have tiny feet and hands and I'm wondering if going on t will change that? Also if anyone in the U.S. know of any places where I can get really nice mens dressing shoes for tiny feet I'd appreciate it.

T likely will not change this. But you can find nice men’s shoes if you shop in the young boy’s section as opposed to men’s! It’s the same styles and cheaper so win win!

- Michael

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on menswear/men's fashion post-18th century? I personally think that it's been pretty stagnant, but I don't know much about menswear in general. I don't really read/hear people talk about it in (terms of historical dress) too much, so I might be completely wrong

Men’s Regency Fashion

1800-1820

The transition of men’s fashion from the 18th century to the early 19th century can best be described as the desire for a more casual and active look. At the end of the 18th century the politics of the established, as well as new, governments were becoming less rigid and embracing the ideas of Enlightenment and more reliance on the self. This emphasis on the self and intelligence inspired a Greek revival, which is why this era is referred to as Neoclassical. This revival influenced fashion as well as politics and popularized the “new natural style” of women’s dress modeled after Greek statutes. This also affected the way men’s clothing was cut and worn, making the fabric more form fitting in order to portray its beauty.

Many fashion historians attribute this era’s look to Beau Brummell, a young man close to the Prince of Wales. He drew his fashion sense from his time in the military and the less formal “riding” look. He was well known and considered one of the most handsomely dressed men in the country, which didn’t help his already inflated ego, or his image as a dandy. Men followed his lead and chose to transition their day wear from frock coats (which would take on another meaning in the years to come) and stockings to tailcoats and longer breeches that ended below the knee for a seamless look with the hessian or top boot. 

Beau Brummell

Hessian Boots

As with a more casual look, wigs fell out of style, with the help of a 1795 powder tax, and the longer hair kept in a pigtail was abandoned for a cropped windblown look often helped with hair wax. Many of the hairstyles were named after notable Romans-Caesar, Titus, Brutus- as well as the angelic cherub.

Napoleon sporting the Caesar 

The shorter TItus 

The Brutus, the popular hairstyle worn by Brummell and his “followers”

The men’s evening look of this fashion era remained similar to the day look but with different footwear. Rather than sporting the popular boots of the day, men wore dress shoes with a low heel, some with buckles. Wearing heeled shoes also required the men to abandon their longer breeches for knee breeches and stockings. For the torso, the tailcoat was usually dark in color, navy being the most popular. These darker coasts covered white shirts and white waistcoats. A common accessory was the Chapeau-bras or bicorne which was carried under the arm. The use of wigs during the evening was usually one of personal preference and was more popular with older generations. 

For court dress, there is little difference between the late 18th c. and early 19th c. The frock coats with beautiful metallic embroidery and matching breeches took on darker jewel tones and white waistcoats were the standard dress for men at court. They continued to wear the shorter breeches with stockings and slippers and festooned themselves with wigs, which for the younger generation were only worn at court, swords on their hips, and the bicorne under their arms.

One accessory that was of great importance to men of this era no matter the time of day was the cravat or neck-cloth. A simple white cloth cravat became popular in regency fashion over the lace frills of the late 18th c. Our old friend Beau Brummell played an important role in popularizing the many looks of the cravat. It is said that he had the idea to have his neck-cloths starched in order to get a better knot and wear out of them. This also created a lot of work for his valet Robinson who would have to remove the piles of limp failures that did not meet Brummell’s standards.

In the next installment of men’s fashion in the 1800s, we’re going to talk a lot about pants so get ready!

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