victorian men's fashion

Detail of a man’s outfit from the 1830s. The outfit consists of a necktie and pin, shirt, silk embroidered waistcoat, jacket, trousers, and tartan worsted cloak, with silk lining, fur-trimmed collar and gilt fastenings. The autumns and winters in Britain became much harsher during the first half of the 19th century and, as a result, cloaks came back into fashion, after having been partially superseded by the greatcoat. Worsted wool was a particularly popular material for outer-wear as it was tough and offered good protection from bad weather.

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    The upper-class man needed to focus on his clothing style. This consisted of dark and plain colors: a hat (main display of social status), ascot, trousers, jackets, and white collared shirts. - This dress style showed not only the man’s wealth and integrity, but his actual masculinity during this time period. Due to the many poor during the Victorian era, the “working man” had to display that they were comfortable in the clothes that they were wearing otherwise it would not show that they had a joy in wealth. Although the men did not always get the chance to wear bright colors, “Checks and stripes were ‘un-serious’-and regarded as the mark of a loafer or con-man” they were certainly able to be taken seriously due to the moderately bland attire. This allowed the man to take the more dominate role in the home as well as the stronger lead in a relationship.