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Women wore their hair tight to the head, sometimes powdered or topped with lace kerchiefs, a stark contrast to their wide panniers. Hair was worn higher and higher until wigs were required. Towering tresses were elaborately curled and adorned with feathers, flowers, miniature sculptures and figures. Hair was powdered with wheat meal and flour, which caused outrage among lower classes as the price of bread became dangerously high.
Rococo ClothingMen generally wore different variations of the habit à la française: a coat, waistcoat, and breeches. Waistcoat was the most decorative piece, usually lavishly embroidered or displaying patterned fabrics. Lace jabots were still worn tied around the neck. Breeches usually stopped at the knee, with white stockings worn underneath and heeled shoes, which usually had large square buckles. Coats were worn closer to the body and were not as skirt-like as during the Baroque era. They were also worn more open to showcase the elaborate waistcoats.
Rococo ClothingTricorne hats became popular during this period, often edged with braid and decorated with ostrich feathers. Wigs worn by men are preferably white. The cadoganstyle of men’s hair developed and became popular during the period, with horizontal rolls of hair over the ears. French elites and aristocrats wore particularly lavish clothing and were often referred to as ”Macaronis,” as pictured in the caricature on the right.
Rococo Clothing•The Rococo era was defined by seemingly contrasting aspects: extravagance and a quest for simplicity, light colors and heavy materials, aristocrats and the bourgeoisie. •This culmination produced a very diverse era in fashion like none ever before. Although this movement was largely ended with the French Revolution, its ideas and main aspects strongly affected future fashions for decades.