How To Undress Your Hero
Everyday Coat, Waistcoat, and Breeches on the 2nd Lord Vernon, 1767. Note the stockings and the buckled shoes.
It was quite fashionable in the early 18th century to contruct the three piece suit out of monochromatics colors and one type of cloth. Later on, each piece would be diffferent (and perhaps dandy) with the waistcoat made of the most expensive fabric, ususally velvet, silk, or satin.
Formal Coat & Waistcoat
The lavish embroidery on this three piece suit suggests court wear, although day wear for the rich would also include painstaking detail and the use of lush fabrics. As a rule, the more extravagent the suit, the more costly, and the more likely to be worn by the aristocracy. With great affluency came an abundance of ruffles and a freshly laundered state of dress not seen in the lower classes.
However, in a nod toward the simpler fashion plates produced during the French revolution (1789-1799)–not to mention…
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