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1860 men's fashion plate | Civil War Era Gentleman's Clothing - 1863 Charles Stokes & Co. Catalog

Civil War Era Clothing: Civil War Era Gentleman's Clothing - 1863 Charles Stokes & Co.

According to “The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette,” the first rule of guidance for the 1860s Victorian gentleman in matters of clothing is, "Let the dress suit the occasion." It is advised that it is just as absurd for a man to go into the street in the morning with his dress coat, white kid gloves, and dancing boots, as it is for a lady to promenade the fashionable streets in full evening dress.

This is a prime example of a mans suit of the before the morning suit came on to the seen.

1860 black taffeta

Hand-stitched Taffeta Ribbon Quilted Hood I need to make one of these for winter.

1800-1810 Court dress for men in the early 19th century retained many features of 18th-century dress. These included breeches, a waistcoat with short skirts, and a coat with curving back fronts. The dark, figured velvet continues a fashion in evening dress that began in the 1790s.

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Court dress for men in the early century retained many features of dress. These included breeches, a waistcoat with short skirts, and a coat with curving back fronts. The dark, figured velvet continues a fashion in evening dress that began in the

This photo still shows the wide lapels that continued into the 1860’s, but the coats were cut shorter and fit more closely.  Of course, during to the Civil War, many fashions were held over due to the inability to afford – or procure – new material and clothing.  Notice the shirt collar – it now folds down.  The cravat is similar, but not as large, and hidden beneath the collar.

A Study of Men’s Neckwear – 1860’s to 1870’s

From about 1860 to the 1920s, proper evening wear was a unvarying uniform of black tail coat, small white tidy bow tie, black or white low-cut vest with shawl lapels (there seems to have been some personal latitude in selecting vest hue--black being the most common) and black trousers, with a white, heavily starched shirt. The only thing that changed was the collar, which followed the current fashion. http://www.walternelson.com/dr/sites/default/files/imagepicker/w/walter/EveningSuit.jpg

From about 1860 to the proper evening wear was a unvarying uniform of…

Color advertisement from Le Follet magazine depicting contemporary fashions of the 1860’s. Found in an antique store in Wickford, RI.

ladylizaelliott: “ Color advertisement from Le Follet magazine depicting contemporary fashions of the Fond in an antique store in Wickford, RI.

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