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Men's fashion in Victorian Era

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Cindy Yen

on 6 March 2015

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Compare and Contrast
Impact on modern fashion
Coats and Outerwear
Coats dominated men's fashion in the upper class. The coats are often tightfitting and hangs down at calves length. Cutaway morning coats are worn during the day, and a dark tailcoat would be worn in the evening. As the frock coat begin to shorten to knee-length, the mid-thigh length sack coat became more and more popular, and was worn for less formal events.
Hats and Headwear
Hats for men also came in a large variety of styles. A top or tall silk hat is essential for formal events or parties at night, but is also worn during the day. Close-fitting caps of firmly woven wool were also worn by men in the Victorian era. Hats of different shapes and made of different materials were popular during the time. While the upper class wore top hats, the working class wore bowl hats.
Victorian Waistcoats (Vests)
The Upper Class
Men's fashion in Victorian Era
An authentic Victorian vest would be the centerpiece of any outfit. Vests were a fashion statemen that either bold or conservative and gentlemen would wear to accessorize the same, old dark suit. Victorian gentlemen wore a large variety of vests in almost every combination of cut, color and cloth imaginable. Many men even wore their coats buttoned only with the top button so more of their vests can be seen.
Stand Collar Men’s Vest
Style with a little stand collar that goes round the back.
Double Breasted
Men’s Vest, c.1891
Men's Vest, c.1891
Men's Vest, c.1891
Step Stand Men's Vest
A notch is located about midway between top button and the stand collar.
Stand Collar Men’s Vest
A style very popular with sporting gentlemen with a little stand collar that goes round the back.
1840s Tight fitting, calf length frock coats and a waist coat.
1850s shirts with high upstanding or turn over collars and four-in-hand neckties [either knot or bow]; top hats were worn by upper class people, bowler hats were worn by people of the working class.
1860s men started wearing wider neckties. . Frock coats were shortened to knee-length and were worn for business, while the mid-thigh length sack coat slowly displaced the frock coat for less-formal occasions.
1870s Three-piece suits grew popular along with patterned fabrics for shirts.
1880s formal evening dress remained a dark tail coat and trousers with a dark waistcoat, a white bow tie, and a shirt with a winged collar. In mid-decade, the dinner tuxedo, was used in more relaxed formal occasions. Men’s shoes had higher heels and thinner toes.
1890s The blazer was introduced, and was worn for sports, sailing, and other casual activities.
Victorian Men's fashion trends
A waterproof coat with a detachable cape like this would be perfect for a cold wet London evening.It is made of paramatta cloth in colours of black, brown, or grey tweed, and navy blue.
The above is a waterproof coat in grey or fawn cloth with a silk velvet collar. The shoulders and sleeves are lined with heavy striped satin.
This waterproof coat was advertised as "the very latest London, England, Newmarket style." It has a large full body with a single-breasted fly front, and the sleeves are lined with satin.
Fashion of the Georgian era, prior to the Victorian era
• Trousers with perfect tailoring were in fashion, and they were usually made in a linen material. Coats had a cutaway in the front and with long tails. Other clothings like cloaks, hats, the Dandy, Majo and the short jacket were trendy
• Linen shirts were worn high collars and tall hats. As for hair, it is worn short and wigless in the styles of à la Titus or Bedford Crop, but it often with some long locks left hanging.
• Fitted, single-breasted tailcoats came in trend. Cravats wrapped up to the chin were worn. Men had sideburns and "Brutus style" in their own natural hair; They wore tight breeches; silk stockings and accessorized themselves with gold watches, canes and hats.
• Overcoats, or greatcoats now has fur of velvet collars, for example, the Garrick coat. Shoes like the Wellington boots and jockey boots were worn.

Problems and issues
Compared to women, men didn't have many restrictions or rules. Women at the time had worn corsets and go through very intricate and detailed systems just to wear a dress. However, men of the upper class is expected to be able to dress properly to a large variety of social gatherings. They are bond by an unspoken set of rules, and if they are to dress differently, they would most likely be criticized by their peers.
Victorian era’s dressing code is really formal compare to nowadays’ dressing trend. In the Victorian era, with the exception of the working people, every man had to wear formal suits and hats; they had to wear hats and ties, too. The most important piece of clothes in the Victorian era was vests. Much like modern ties, vests were used to make a fashion statement either bold or conservative and gentlemen would own several vests to accessorize the same dark suit. Top Hats were worn for parties and formal events throughout the century, but were also worn as day wear by the established gentleman. A variety of other hat styles persisted, including the wide-brimmed “wide awake” style and the flat topped “pork pie”. Almost all men in the Victorian Era wore cravats, wrist watches and some of them carried canes and worn gloves for dress occasions.
Men dress in a very simple way in the 21st century. Today, fashion exists to address three needs: the need to attract the opposite sex by loud, suggestive clothing; the need to signal one's status; the need to escape from the constraints of immutable selfhood by the delicious pleasures of wit, glitter, and absurdity. Men usually dress in jackets and wear jeans; which show a relaxed manner. Unless there is something really important or some formal jobs, they rarely wear formal tuxedos or ties.
Steam punk and Lolita fashion are styles that are derived from the Victorian era fashion.
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