Traditional styles of Victorian men’s vests are featured. Illustrated are the Victorian gentlemen’s Dress Vest, Double Breasted Men’s Vest, Step Stand Men’s Vest, and No-Collar Men’s Vest.
Braces or Suspenders
Braces, or suspenders, were worn from the end of the eighteenth century to the beginning of the 20th century. Mid-nineteenth century braces were crafted in silk, canvas or velvet with silk or berlin woolwork embroidery.
Hats for the Victorian Gentleman
The proper Victorian gentleman was not seen outdoors without a hat. The top hat was required for formal day and evening wear, but by the 1870s, a gentleman could choose from a variety of styles of headgear for informal wear.
Coat for the Victorian Gentleman
For a walk in the damp London fog, the Victorian gentleman would dress in a stylish overcoat. In the late 1890s, Victorian men were able to purchase their fall and winter coats from department store mail-order catalogues.