Man's silk velvet suit, c.1770, part of the costume collection at Ham House, Surrey. ©National Trust Images/John Hammond.

Man's silk velvet suit, c.1770, part of the costume collection at Ham House, Surrey. ©National Trust Images/John Hammond.

I like the bling of 18th century suits, but sometimes under-stated elegance is the way to go. This suit is lacking the flashiness of some 18thc suits I’ve featured here, but it’s still of very high quality. Made of wool with metal thread and gorgeous buttons. This is a good example of an English coat of the 1770s & 1780s.

I like the bling of 18th century suits, but sometimes under-stated elegance is the way to go. This suit is lacking the flashiness of some 18thc suits I’ve featured here, but it’s still of very high quality. Made of wool with metal thread and gorgeous buttons. This is a good example of an English coat of the 1770s & 1780s.

Man’s formal suit comprising coat, waistcoat and breeches, England, 1770-1780, Fulled wool tabby with embroidered silver filé. Royal Ontario Museum

Man’s formal suit comprising coat, waistcoat and breeches, England, 1770-1780, Fulled wool tabby with embroidered silver filé. Royal Ontario Museum

Military dress coat, gold buttons, buttoned open and flared at the collar and bottom of the waist.

Military dress coat, gold buttons, buttoned open and flared at the collar and bottom of the waist.

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