Gentleman’s Day Wear, November 1805

Journal des Dames et des Modes, Paris, November 11, 1805.

“Habit à Pattes de Redingote. Culotte blanche de Velours à Côte.”

This looks to be a very young gentleman, dressed in the height of fashion. His frock coat is cut full in the shoulders and slightly high at the waist. Buttons on the front, probably double-breasted, go all the way up to the shoulders. The sleeves are over-long, as is typical for French coats of the period. The tails include buttoned pockets.

Beneath the coat he wears a white shirt with a high collar, and what appears to be a red or dark pink waistcoat. It was fashionable at this time to wear two waistcoats of different colors, so he may have on a second waistcoat we cannot see from this angle.

His breeches are white with subtle stripes, buttoned at the knee. His top boots have a very exaggerated top, and boot garters can be seen above them.

He wears a top hat, probably beaver, with a graduated crown and a deep curve to the brim. And he carries a green umbrella rather than the usual walking stick.

This print was designed by the famous Parisian artist Carle Vernet, and engraved by Pierre Baquoy. Some of the best prints from this magazine were produced by these two popular artists.


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