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"Smile, hairstyle and jewelry" Top 5 Page for this destination Williamsburg Local Custom Tip by matcrazy1

Williamsburg Local Customs: 60 reviews and 75 photos

by matcrazy1

The wife of the Virginia's Governor in Williamsburg (1699 - 1780), as the most important women's figure in Virginia and even maybe between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, had to look and behave in a very distinguished way following strictly the customs of the upper class. She was trained and taught dance, good manners, decent behaviour in company, conversation, how to dress, move, speak, even smile.

The first lady of 18th century Virginia smiled to the governor's servant when he welcomed her after coming back home as you can see on my picture. But she was not allowed to smile to uknown males or to laugh too loud or too much. Hmm... read 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation transcribed by 16 years old George Washington, later the first US President; done as his exercise at school.

The rounded hairstyle with short, tight curls of the first lady had to be fashionable in early 18th century but, it's not my favourite woman's hairstyle. But real nightmare started from the 1770s when fashionable women had powdered pompadour hairdos, high even more than a foot (30.5 cm) and decorated with ribbons and flowers and sometimes even full scenes such as miniature ships in full sail!

The first lady wore impressive, silver necklase set with precious stones and the similar in design earings. Ribbons, necklaces and ruffs were the most popular form of accesory of 18th upper class woman.


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  • Updated Dec 19, 2004
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