Midnight blue riding habit -American, C. 1888-90 fine wool twill, the high collar with lace trim, the fitted bodice boned. 26in. waist. Inscribed to the bodice lining: 'Mrs EK Wheeler, 996 Jefferson Str., Eugene Oregon'
Two-piece burgundy wool suit, 1908. During the Victorian and Georgian periods, certain elements seen on military uniforms were reworked into women’s fashion, especially on women’s riding habits and coats. Occasionally, woman’s fashionable garments, such as this two-piece burgundy wool suit, adopted a few military elements like frog closers, chevrons on the sleeves, and a particular style of jacket. Via Ethnology and Textiles blog, Museum of Texas Tech Univ.