1800 ca. Tan Corduroy Breeches. Drop down front flap, or ‘fall’, with two buttons, three silver metal buttons at the waistband, watch pocket, corner pockets with buttons, pieced back with waist tie, saggy back with extra fabric to allow for easier movement when riding or sitting, four buttons and silk ties at knee. via Whitaker Auction whitakerauction.smugmug.com
These are the sort of breeches that Jane Austen’s male contemporaries would have worn.
1805 ca. Leather Breeches, French. Buttoned and adjustable waist and narrow drop down front flap, back waist gusset for ease of movement, fitted cuffs on legs with many buttons to fasten and hold in place. via Metropolitan Museum New York City, U.S.A. metmuseum.org
Definition Pants – Breeches: Men’s close-fitting pants that fastened just below the knees or above the ankles with buttons, drawstrings, or buckles. They had a horizontal front flap called a ‘fall’ which unbuttoned to drop down. Some falls were narrow and some wide. Breeches were worn with stockings. In Jane Austen’s times, or the Regency Era, breeches were worn tighter to show off a gentleman’s manly physique, often leaving nothing to the imagination.
1814 Gentleman’s Ensemble, French. Gentleman in brown tailcoat, white vest, high collared white shirt, knotted white cravat, white pants and white gaiters above black shoes. Fashion Plate via Journal des Dames et des Modes, or Costume Parisien.
1808 April Trio in Full and Half Dress in the Directoire and Empire period, or the Regency Era, and the times of Jane Austen. Two varieties of men’s pants, one knee breeches and one long pants worn inside high boots. Woman wearing pink pelisse over white walking gown. via Le Beau Monde, or Literary and Fashionable Magazine, London, U.K.
George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (June 7th 1778 – March 30th 1840) Arbiter of men’s fashion and friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV. Established mode of dress for men that rejected overly ornate fashions for understated but perfectly fitted and tailored clothing. Look based on dark coats, full-length trousers rather than knee breeches and stockings, with immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat. 1855 Engraving of Beau Brummell from an article in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.
George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (June 7th 1778 – March 30th 1840)
Arbiter of men’s fashion and friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV.
Established mode of dress for men that rejected overly ornate fashions for understated
but perfectly fitted and tailored clothing. Look based on dark coats, full-length trousers rather than knee breeches and stockings, with immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat.
1855 Engraving of Beau Brummell from an article in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. 1805 Beau Brummell (1778-1840) Regency Dandy, proponent of understated but perfectly fitted and tailored garments, especially dark coats, full-length trousers, immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat. Friend of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. Watercolor By Richard Dighton (1795- 1880) Via Wikimedia Commons commons.wikimedia.org (PD-ART)George Bryan "Beau" Brummell Arbiter of Men's Fashion and friend of Prince Regent. #RegencyEra #BritishHistory #JaneAusten https://books2read.com/SuziLoveFashionMen1800-1819 Click To TweetHN_23_d2d_fashionmen1800-1819
1800 Gentleman and Son, French. Man in brown, double-breasted, cutaway coat with wide fur collar, ankle length loose trousers with a fob at his waist, black shoes. Son in high-waisted trousers, white shirt, red jacket, black hat and shoes and carrying a sword. Fashion Plate via Journal des Dames et des Modes, or Costume Parisien.
During the early 1800s skirted coats were replaced with short-fronted, or cutaway, tailcoats worn over fitted waistcoats and plain, white linen shirts. Knee breeches were gradually replaced by tight-fitting pantaloons and later trousers, decorative shoes were replaced with boot, such as the tan topped boots worn here, and fussy neckwear gave way to intricately tied, white linen neck cloths.
A Regency Era, or early 1800s, gentleman was outfitted in more practical fabrics, such as wool, cotton and buckskin rather than the fussy brocades and silks of the late 1700s. The men in Jane Austen’s life would have worn an elegant outdoor ensemble like this for everyday excursions around the countryside.
1807 Fashionable French Couple. Man: Blue cutaway coat and yellow breeches. Lady: Lemon and blue dress and bonnet. This is the fashion styles worn by Jane Austen and her family and friends in the early 1800s. Fashion Plate via Journal des Dames et des Modes, or Costume Parisien.https://books2read.com/SuziLoveFashionMen1800-1819
1801-1828 ca. Man’s Outfit, British. Double breasted, swallow tailcoat of navy wool, plush dark blue velvet collar. Buttoned flap and waist beige breeches, cream vest, intricately tied white cravat. via museumoflondon.com
In the early 1800s, men no longer wore complicated styles and extravagant fabrics. Men’s fashion simplified and became more conservative. A well cut tailcoat, vest, pantaloons and an immaculate cravat of beautiful white linen in the style of George Bryan, or Beau, Brummell. Clothes were a status symbol and indicated a man’s social position. These clothing items were the sort worn by Jane Austen’s male family and friends.
1808 Gentleman’s Ball Outfit, French. Long tailcoat, black knee breeches, white stockings, high white cravat, white stockings, black shoes and gloves. Fashion Plate via Journal des Dames et des Modes, or Costume Parisien. Typical Gentleman’s outfit as worn by men to balls and evening events in Jane Austen’s Times.
1806 Young French Gentleman. Blue tailcoat under a short brown Castorine coat, cream cashmere breeches, white stockings, yellow gloves, black top hat and a cane. Fashion Plate via Journal des Dames et des Modes, or Costume Parisien.
French fashions and Georgian and Regency Era fashions from Great Britain were copied around the world. This is the normal daily outfit for a gentleman in the early 1800s, or in the times of Jane Austen, for daily city and country life. https://books2read.com/SuziLoveFashionMen1800-1819