Weird Historical Pants for Men. No wonder men needed valets! It wasn’t just women struggling into tight fitting clothing! And no wonder it took both sexes so long to dress every day, often changing clothes four or five times a day! Early on were Breeches – Short, close-fitting trousers that fastened just below the knees or above the ankles, with a horizontal front flap called the ‘fall’ and were worn with stockings. Boys of 3 – 6 years stopped wearing loose dress-type children’s garments and went into short pants instead, and were considered ‘breeched.’ In Regency times, breeches were worn tighter to show off a manly physique. Then of course we had Pantaloons By the late 1810s and beyond, these became popular and eventually they evolved into full length trousers. Originally pantaloons were made to suit shorter Hessian boots that fell below the typical knee-breech level and they were worn very form-fitting. Buckskins – Fashionable … Continue reading →
1808 Walk in the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, France.
A dandy of the Year VIII.Continue reading →
1802 The Perron of the Palais-Royal, Paris, France.Despite his colorful clothing, this gentleman is dressed in the style of ‘Anglicizing’, or copying English Gentlemen’s fashions. This fashion began as way for the bourgeois to turn their backs on French aristocracy and their undemocratic ideals and formality and instead base their fashion style on the more relaxed clothing of the English gentleman of the time.Continue reading →
1806 Waiting for the Saint-Cloud Coach, Place de la Concorde, Paris. This couple is depicted waiting for the coach, which was a passenger vehicle drawn by four horses. The woman is wearing a fashionable hat or “capote” that covers her face. Her dress maintains the empire waist and has very long sleeves that also have a ‘mancheron’ or a gathered sleeve at the shoulders. The man is wearing a ‘habit du gagé’ or a coat with tails, buttoned at the waist. His hat is a ‘haut-de-forme’ or what is commonly known in English as a top hat. He wears tight, short pants tucked into large, riding boots, as was the fashion for men. (PD-Art) Illustrations by François Courboin from Octave Uzanne‘s Les Modes de Paris. Variations du goût et de l’esthétique de la femme, 1797-1897, L. Henry May, Paris, 1898, or from the English translation of the same work: Fashion in Paris : the various phases of feminine taste and aesthetics from 1797 to 1897, William Heinemann, London, 1898. Modes de Paris Related articles 1803 Two Spring Morning Dresses. #Regency #Fashion 1800 February Two Winter Afternoon Dresses #Regency #Fashion … Continue reading →
1808 Walk in the Tuileries Gardens. A dandy of the Year VIII.Dandies tried to imitate the aristocracy in manner and appearance. This man wears short breeches, usually worn by the aristocracy, that were out of fashion and had been replaced by the ‘more-democratic’ ankle-length pants. His outfit and manners are a throwback to a pre-Revolutionary era.Continue reading →
1833 ca. Blue Silk Cutaway Coat, British. Double-breasted coat with contrasting velvet lapels. Part of typical gentleman’s ensemble of tailcoat, waistcoat, and trousers.Continue reading →