1880s Men’s Fashions

Learn how to dress like the Victorian gentleman of Sherlock Holmes books and movies.

Featuring the fashions of the late nineteenth century, including styles reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes’ books and movies. The well-dressed Victorian gentleman of the 1880s and 1890s wore dark clothing cut and made to measure. Watch-chain, one ring, shirt-stud and sleeve-buttons were all the jewelry allowable for the gentleman. Frock coats were of medium length in both waist and skirt, with little drapery. Vests were made to open very low, to show as much linen as possible at the bottom of the roll. For smoking or lounging attire, jackets were often lined with silk or satin quilted. Learn more about how to dress Victorian. Read full article >>