omgthatdress: Pet-en-l’air jacket ca. via Manchester City Galleries This type of jacket is called a pet-en-l’air, and in all honesty, I’m kind of at a loss to know what exactly the difference between a pet-en-l’air and a caraco is.
This is an example of one form of dress which became acceptable in the later part of the century. The bodice is more like a jacket, known as a caraco. The informal sensibility about it is relative to the open robes and exposed petticoats of the period