My setting for these is 1815. Lots to love about 1815. Wellington's victory at Waterloo. Masquerades at Vauxhall. The waltz has swept the land and is being danced at Almack's (well maybe 1816, it's not entirely clear).
But men don't wear red.
This is the era of Beau Brummel. Elegant black or at best dark blue with gold button. Snowy white cravats. Mr Darcy eat your heart out but I WANT RED. Because my Little Red Riding Hood is a fella.
Regency heroes are elegant to the point of dullness. Damn it! I want a man in brocade and high heels. I want a man bewigged and winking with jewels. I want a pre-Regency Georgian hero.
|Nothing says HERO like red heels|
So I have to think. For so many reasons 1815 is the era for my stories, but I want my hero in red. I want him with diamond studs in his heels. That's my kind of hero.