Fancy Men's Clothing of the 1800s

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Fancy Men's Clothing of the 1800s
Discover the fashion trends for men in the 1800s. (old derby hat with hat box in black & white image by David Smith from

The fashion trend for men in the 19th century was influenced by the Revolutionary War, as well as the Victorian era. Since the sewing machine was invented in the 19th century; it too made a great impact on men's fashion in the 1800s.


In the early 1800s men wore coats on special occasions called tail coats which were high-cut in the front and low cut in the back; the tail coats were usually accompanied by a bright coloured high-cut vest. In the mid 1800s men wore coats called frock coats. Frock coats were low cut in both the front and back, similar to a long skirt.

Suit Jackets

Men of this time wore a suit jackets on special occasions known as the sack suit. The sack suit was free of a middle seam which caused the suit to fit lose on the body. In the late 1800s the sack suit was more fitted on the body as seamstresses began including middle seams on the front sides of the jackets.


For special occasions men of the 1800s wore shirts that included a removable bib which enabled a man to hide unsightly stains. The shirts were also made separately from cuffs and collars to allow the men to wear the shirt on multiple occasions without requiring the shirt to be washed.


During this time men wore trousers that had striped or checkered patterns. The trousers were fitted just above the waist line and did not include a crease. In order to support the trousers men used either suspenders or braces of leather.

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