I’ve made it no secret I’m not the greatest fan of a lot of historical romance cover art. I find the enormous, tanned, muscular, twenty-first century men painfully anachronistic, and I wonder why everyone whinges about women’s underwear of the past when these cover models are wearing fewer layers than we do today.
However, the hairstyle thing really gets me every time. I have a big problem with HOW modern the hair is, not just on the covers, but also in the books. I CANNOT imagine a single man on any historical romance cover EVER existing in the past.
Now, I understand that there have been some pretty dreadful hair fashions throughout history. For example, the 1880s-90s was one of the most horrific eras in women’s fashion history:
However, I am a little tired of all the books where the heroines are so “original” because they always wear their hair in simple buns or plaits they don’t even use a maid to do. They attend balls with hairstyles we’d use today.
Part of writing historical romance should be about the historical fashions, should they not?
Or else you’re just like that ridiculous time-travelling lead character in Lost in Austen:
I understand there’s a lot of very unsexy stuff going on in the real version of the past:
But can we not find some middle ground here?