Victorian Men Clothing from the 1870s

Victorian Men


 

 

In order to merit the designation of a well-dressed Victorian gentleman, you must pay attention, not only to the more prominent articles of the wardrobe - coat, pants, and vest - but to the more minute details.

 

Men’s Victorian clothing from the 1870s was closer fitting than had been seen for many years. Both morning frock coats and other garments that were close-fitting were double-breasted while the looser fitting styles were generally single-breasted. Lapels were either nearly square at top or were cut so that the notch could be of the open “V” form. The crease of the turnover was now a little longer than it had been for some time.

 
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Men’s Victorian waistcoats or vests were often designed double-breasted. For morning wear, the double-breasted waistcoats had the turnovers covered with quilted silk. For evening wear, vests were of the straight form without a collar or shawl, opened low, and richly embroidered down the edges of the opening.

 
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Victorian trousers were of medium width and rather closer fitting in the legs. They were slightly gaiter formed at bottom with this shape obtained by short openings at the bottoms of side seams. Overcoats and other outdoor garments had facings and trimmings of velvet or fur in every variety of style. The University Jacket style had the facings and edges trimmed with fur and fastened by loops of braid. Sleeves were nearly the same in width at elbow and wrist, and were made with cuffs which were at times covered with velvet.

 
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Victorian Morning Costume

Features a suit of grey Scotch stripe; the coat is the single-breasted university style with short turnovers closing by two buttons on the chest. The edges are plain and there are pockets in the back pleats. The sleeves have cuffs and two buttons at the seams. The suit includes a single-breasted university waistcoat and trousers.

Victorian Visiting Costume

Suit features a double-breasted Newmarket coat of black cloth with the edges bound with narrow braid. The turnovers descend nearly to the waist and the fronts are intended to be worn unbuttoned. There is a double-breasted waistcoat of buff drill with all the edges ornamented by white braid laid on flat. The trousers are of grey Angola.

 
 
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Victorian Promenade Suit

Suit with a single-breasted morning jacket of dark brown ribbed worsted coating with the edges and cuffs bound with fine braid. The turnovers are long and well thrown back, and there are pockets on the hips covered by square flaps. The front edges and skirts are cut away with the corners well rounded off. The sleeves have fancy cuffs with two buttons at the hind arm seams. The suit includes a collarless waistcoat of white fancy quilting and bright brown stripe trousers.

Victorian Evening Costume

Featuring a dress coat of black superfine cloth and lined with black glace silk. The black poplin waistcoat has the shawl form opening very low and has a second or under shawl imitated by a fold of white silk. The trousers are of black cashmere.

 
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Victorian Morning Costume

Featuring a single-breasted lounging jacket of blue melton or worsted coating. The jacket is cut to fall nearly square and has short turnovers. The front edge is cut away with the corners well rounded off. The edges, including the skirt and breast pockets, are bound with narrow braid and there are cuffs edged with the same, with an opening at the arm seam and fastened by one button. The suit includes a single-breasted waistcoat of white quilting and trousers of grey striped Angola with narrow bands at the side seams.

Victorian Promenade Suit

This costume features double-breasted reefer with a military stand-up collar and short three-cornered turnovers. The material of the jacket is a dark indigo-blue check with the edges finished by stitching. The pockets in the left breast and in the front skirts all have narrow welts at the top. The sleeve has a fixed cuff with an opening at the arm seam which closes by shaped tabs or straps. Suit includes trousers of chocolate brown stripe.