A Look into Fashion of the 1850s: Gentlemen

We've already explored the elements of an 1850's lady's wardrobe, so now it's the gentlemen's turn! The 1850s was perhaps the decade in which men's and women's silhouettes contrasted the greatest; the full, shapely skirts of the ladies were a stark contrast to the slim, fitted cut of men's suits.


Further reading

  • Huntsman. [2017]. Top Tips for Top hats. [Online]. [Accessed 31st January 2021]. Available from: https://www.huntsmansavilerow.com/huntsman-get-top-tips-top-hats-ascot-lock-co/
  • Mimi Matthews. 2016. A Century of Sartorial Style: A Visual Guide to 19th Century Menswear. [Online]. [Accessed 31st January 2021]. Available from: https://www.mimimatthews.com/2016/10/03/a-century-of-sartorial-style-a-visual-guide-to-19th-century-menswear
  • Shrimpton, J. 2016. Victorian Fashion. Oxford: Shire Publications
  • Victoria and Albert Museum. 2021. History of Fashion 1840 – 1900. [Online]. [Accessed 31st January 2021]. Available from: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/history-of-fashion-1840-1900/


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