nisie's ref

in reference to menswear of the 1830’s:

Radical dandies felt they were well-dressed only when wearing pantaloons so tight they had to perch on a chair in order to squeeze into them; they were known to threaten tailors with the comment, “I’m warning you that if I manage to get into them, I won’t take them!”

more textual goodies from Farid Chenoune’s A History of Men’s Fashion.