She loved to ride and found the outdoor activity liberating. However, the sport of hunting was considered too dangerous and too masculine for a young lady. Marie Antoinette continued to ride however, and defied both her mother and the advisors by donning breeches and riding like a man.
Under her traditional equestrian gear, the young queen is most likely wearing an undergarment common for her day, which was a straight cut, almost knee-length shift. This white linen undergarment was worn by both men and women, had elbow-length sleeves, and was worn beneath corsets.
Undergarments provided a more comfortable barrier between the wearer’s body and the heavy fabrics and severe lacing common for this era.