Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Chasity Bowlin, who is joining us on her tour for The Haunting of a Duke.
If I could go back in time....
That is a really hard question for me to answer. Obviously, I love the Regency era. It speaks to me on a number of levels. And being that I have no waist, the fashion of that period is perfect for me. But I also love the Victorian era, where it didn’t matter if you had a waist or not, because you could fake it with a corset. Still, the Regency era was more free I think. There were rules governing behavior, but they were more easily broken and more easily forgiven.
I love the romance of Regency England, glittering ballrooms, the fact that men routinely and spontaneously composed poetry to the beauty of whatever woman they were trying to court. When juxtaposed to what was happening on the Continent, with the Napoleanic Wars, and the French Revolution which was still very fresh in people’s minds, the Regency was such a mix of the extravagant and the restrained. Rich fabrics were frowned upon and simple, muslin dresses became the standard, in some cases even for evening wear. Embellishment came in the form of embroidery. Yet, in one’s home and one’s vehicle, ostentation was perfectly acceptable.
Also, from a hygiene standpoint, the Regency is one of the few historical eras where people bathed often and regularly. So, yay for that. (Not very romantic is it?) Still, I work in mental health and the value of hygiene is very obvious to me. Also, I’ve read so many Regency novels, researched so much for the period, I think if you dropped me down in the middle of Regency England, I believe I could pull it off. They would consider me a crass “colonial”, but I can cope with that.