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1860s Out Door Dress | There are four kinds of coats which the Victorian gentleman must have: a morning coat, a frock coat, a dress coat, and an overcoat.

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Malet's 'new' frock coat (see scene with tailor). There are no pleats or gathers. The cut would tend to highlight an athletic walk.

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.

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Coat, 1815-1820.