Men’s Fashions 1800s

The Tricorne or “Cocked Hat”

The tricorne hat, which was initially called a “cocked hat,” became popular in the 1700s but was falling out of fashion by the 1800s and eventually evolved into the bicorne. The tricorne was actually an evolution of a broad-brim round hat worn by Spanish soldiers in Flanders in the 1600s. When its brim was pledged…

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Cravat Tying Tips for the Georgian or Regency Gentleman

Cravats came into fashion during the Georgian Era and remained popular throughout the Regency Era. One gentlemen of that era noted the cravat “is not just a mere ornament … [but] is decidedly one of the greatest preservative of health — it is criterion by which the rank of the wearer may be at once…

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The Jolliffe Hat

The Jolliffe (also sometimes spelled Jolliffee or Jollife) was not your common hat. It got its name from Hylton Jolliffe (1773-1843) who an English politician renown for wearing oversized head gear. In fact, Jolliffe’s hats were so large, the Sporting Magazine humorously observed that “he will punt three or four of us over…his hat.” The…

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Men’s Shooting and Hunting Costumes 1866-1882

Shooting and hunting were popular pastimes for nineteenth century men, and these activities required not only “the kind or form of garments worn by gentlemen who go in search of pleasure to the stubble fields or moorlands [but outfits that were functional].”[1] In fact, the main rule when purchasing shooting or hunting wear was that…

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Tying Cravats or Ties

Cravats were the forerunner to the modern necktie and originated in seventeenth century Croatia, with “Cro-at … easily corrupted into cravat.” The first cravats were thought to have originated either to hide unclean shirts or to provide psychological protection by covering a man’s exposed neck during spear battles, and, later, in at least one case,…

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Men’s Fashions Summer 1867

The favorite coat for the 1867 summer season was the single-breasted Morning Coat, and its name was derived from the horseback riding exercise gentlemen took in the morning in the nineteenth century. At that time, the Morning Coat was regarded as an informal form of half dress, and, gradually, it became an alternative to the…

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Men’s Fashions Winter 1870

Men of the 1870s dressed fashionable and fashion was as important to them as it was to women. One book of health, beauty, and fashion noted that “whatever may be a man’s fortune in life should he step into a coffee-house or any of the public offices where he may not be known, if he…

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Men’s Fashions Spring 1867

Spring fashions for men’s wear for 1867 showed various changes. For instance, although vests remained in style for spring, they were shorter than earlier styles. Pea Coats and Chesterfield Coats also remained popular and were often produced in brown with various new shades of bronze and green introduced. Additionally, the English style that afforded the…

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Men’s Fashions Winter 1867

Men’s fashions for winter 1867 included a wide variety of coats, such as Over Coats, Chesterfields, Frock Coats, and Morning Coats. Some coats tended to be heavier, such as the Chesterfield, which according to several sources, acquired its name from George Stanhope, 6th Earl of Chesterfield, a passionate horse racer who lead a lavish lifestyle…

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