Gentlemen's Fashion

Gentleman’s Half Dress, January 1803

The coat is single-breasted, with a high, narrow collar and exaggerated cuffs. His white shirt is boldly ruffled, with its collar held high on his cheeks by a neckcloth tied asymmetrically to one side...

French Gentleman’s Evening Dress, February 1801

The coat is cut high in the waist, as was typical of this period, although this example is a bit exaggerated in the manner of the Incroyables...

French Gentleman’s Half Dress, August 1803

He wears a bicorn hat, a double-breasted gray tailcoat, short white waistcoat, ruffled white shirt, white neckcloth, dark striped breeches, tied instead of buckled,...

French Gentleman’s Evening Dress, May 1804

This is clearly an evening costume, as the gentleman is wearing buckled evening pumps and is carrying a chapeau bras, a collapsible tricorn hat that was carried under the arm with evening wear...

French Gentleman’s Court Dress, February 1805

Court dress for men at both the English at French courts had long favored elaborately decorated military uniforms. But even for men who were not entitled to wear military uniforms, the prescribed court dress has a very military style...

Gentleman’s Morning Dress, November 1806

"A plain single-breasted frock of brown or olive with metal buttons; the waistcoat, of striped toilinette, any colour, is rather longer than formerly; pantaloons, drabs of all degrees...

Gentleman’s Full Dress and Morning Dress, December 1806

"For this dress are used various shades of dark chocolate, brown, and olive coats, which are made in much the same manner as they were last month, both in regard to the collar and lapelle: but the waist is somewhat lengthened...

Court Dress, January 1807

"The hair dressed in natural curls round the face, with a coronet, bandeau, or other ornament in gold--feathers of every kind. The body, sleeves, and petticoat, of rich, full-coloured satin or velvet: the draperies of gauze or tiffany spotted with gold embroidery...

Evening Full Dress, February 1807

"Evening Full Dress for Gentlemen is composed of a dark double-breasted blue coat, ornamented with basket or plain gilt metal buttons; the coat made lapelled, and with pocket flaps at the side, but the pockets put in the plaits behind. A white quilting marseilles waistcoat, single-breasted; the collar to rise tolerably high,...

French Gentleman’s Day Wear, February 1807

The beaver skin spencer is double-breasted, showing the style often seen prints from the first decade of the century, where the standard buttons continue in a row up almost to the shoulder...

Morning and Evening Dress, May 1807

"Full Evening Dress for Gentlemen consists of a blue coat, lappeled, flat gilt buttons, and black velvet collar; or a dark silver or brown coat, lappeled, covered buttons, and collar of the same cloth...

Kensington Garden Dresses, June 1808

"A rich India muslin dress, with a superb embossed border, worked in floss silk, white or coloured, made short,walking length; high in the neck, and drawn full round the throat with a tuban collar falling over...

French Gentleman in Day Wear, May 1809

The wool tailcoat ("Habit de Drap") is double-breasted, cut high in the neck, and cut straight at the waist, but short enough to show a strip of the waistcoat underneath. The M-notch lapels are typical of the period....

Gentleman’s Full Dress, April 1810

"Full Dress: Superfine corbeau colour coat, with covered buttons; white marcella waistcoat, single-breasted; light sage green, or cream coloured kerseymere breeches; also those of black Florentine silk are very fashionable and consistent in this style of dress....

French Gentleman’s Greatcoat, March 1811

This print is an excellent example of the multi-caped greatcoat so popular with gentlemen during the Regency. It was an English style, adopted by the French. The greatcoat was a long overcoat, sometimes three-quarter length, but most often full length, almost reaching the...

French Gentleman’s Riding Wear, December 1811

There are so many interesting details here: the pink-and-white striped cravat; the high shirt-points and ruffled shirt-front; the green gloves; the fobs at his waist; the striped breeches (difficult to see online but they are striped); the visible bootstraps; the spurs on his boots....

Gentleman’s Afternoon Wear, June 1812

Trousers were becoming more fashionable at this time. Not as tight-fitting as a true pantaloon, they nevertheless held a close fit through a narrow ankle...

French Gentleman’s Skating Costume, January 1813

This wonderful print is intriguing on so many levels. It is rare to see a skater in action in a fashion print. The skates alone are a fascinating bit of history, with their turned up toes and leather straps. But the outfit is simply splendid!...

French Gentleman’s Morning Wear, May 1814

The double-breasted jacket is buttoned almost to the neck, with the hint of a white waistcoat beneath, and a black neckcloth...

 

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