Woman’s wear of the late century still strictly conformed to fashion rules despite the cold weather. The court-fashion-dictated half length sleeves were not lengthened for winter. Women instead kept there lower arms in muffs, as seen on her left arm.
Francoise d' Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon by Nicolas Arnoult. This high quality print of the Marquise de Maintenon wearing a mantua with a small bustle gives an ides of what brought Louis XIV to her.
Recueil des modes de la cour de France, ‘La Belle Plaideuse’ Nicolas Bonnart (French, Hand-colored engraving on paper. Court of France. She requests so gently that there is doubt that she will be successful.