Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Regency Men’s Clothing – Part 1

From my discovery of the gentlemen's banyon last month, allow me to elaborate about some of the men's fashion of the Regency period.

The Regency period saw the final abandonment of lace, embroidery, and other embellishment from serious men's clothing — although there were older men who still clung to the old ways.

Beau Brummell set the fashion for dandyism, which was characterized by personal cleanliness, immaculate linen shirts with high collars, perfectly tied cravats, and exquisitely tailored plain dark coats.

Brummell abandoned his wig and cut his hair short in a Roman fashion dubbed à la Brutus.

Shirts were made of linen, had attached collars, and were worn with stocks or wrapped in a cravat tied in various fashions. Pleated frills at the cuffs, and front openings went out of fashion by the end of the period.

Waistcoats were relatively high-waisted, squared off at the bottom, but came in a broad variety of styles. They were often double-breasted, with wide lapels and stand collars.

Coats were cutaway in front with long tails, the lapels featured an M-shaped notch unique to the period. There were several styles of Regency coats ranging from single to double breasted, tailcoats, cutaway coats, frock coats, and all sported the fashionable broad lapels and tall, standing collars.

A Cravat: sometimes a long strip or a large square folded into a long narrow strip, of lawn, muslin or, silk, often starched worn around the neck, the ends tied in a bow or knot at the throat.

Tying one’s neckcloth is an art!

You must admit . . . a finely crafted cravat makes anyone look good.

I visit OMG . . . Cravats for my daily neckcloth fix.


Carolyn Brown said...

Great post, Shirley!
My granny used to tell me that as a teenager her underclothing covered more than my entire outfit.
Love the pup with the cravat. Bet all the girl dogs wanted to step out with him.

Sandy Cody said...

I agree with Carolyn - great post, Shirley. Also think the dog is cute. Ah, and then there's Colin Firth. Tell you what, I'll let Carolyn have the dog and I'll take the elegant Mr. Firth.

Shirley Marks said...

OH Ladies . . . the dog? That is Wishbone! He's the talking Jack Russell Terrier who daydreams about being leading characters in classic literature.

He's played Romeo Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles, and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

You see . . . he is not unlike Mr. Firth.

Sandy Cody said...

Shirley, my son has a seriously neurotic, but extremely lovable, Jack Russell. If we put a cravat him, he'd probably eat it.

Leigh Verrill-Rhys said...

Men did know how to dress to impress! Delightful post, Shirley. I love to see the primping and pruning but men's neckcloths of all periods do seem uncomfortable. Something about the noose?

Beate Boeker said...

Love your research, Shirley! I was familiar with many of the expressions due to my intensive lecture of all Georgette Heyer novels, but now I've got the corresponding pictures! Thank you!