1816-1817 ca. Man’s Linen Shirt, American. High collar, ruffles down front opening, fullness from gathered shoulders and sleeves for unrestricted movement. Beautifully created and monogrammed by Elizabeth Wild Hitchings for her husband, Benjamin Hitchings, a sea captain. Wives or servants regularly hand stitched shirts from 1800s-1840s, before sewing machines, but handiwork rarely recorded.
From The Creator: This shirt was created, from the linen fiber to the finished garment, by the donor’s great-grandmother, Elizabeth Wild Hitchings, for her husband Benjamin Hitchings, a sea captain, in 1816. It was common practice for a wife or servant to hand stitch family members’ shirts prior to the mid-19th century, but rarely was such handiwork recorded, making this case rare and intriguing. In addition, its elegant stitching makes it a perfect example of the familial care taken in sewing prior to the common possession and use of the sewing machine. via Metropolitan Museum, N.Y.C., U.S.A. metmuseum.org
What was fashionable for men in early 1800s, or Jane Austen’s time, or Regency Era? Suits, hats, shoes, underclothing, fashion accessories, military and bedroom fashions. French fashions and Georgian and Regency Era fashions from Great Britain were copied around the world. https://books2read.com/SuziLoveFashionMen1800-1819
By the early 1800s, men’s fashions changed dramatically from the fussy, heavily embroidered suits of the 18th century. Coat had long tails at the back but were higher cut in the front. Vests, or waistcoats, were waist length and square-cut and showed beneath the new style of coat. Vests could therefore be of flamboyant colors and patterns, with silver and gold being popular. Knee breeches, usually white or black, were necessary for formal occasions but long trousers started replacing them for informal occasions. A black tp hat became the preferred head covering and hair styles were very important. It could take valet a long time to get the right casual and windswept look.
1814 Gentleman’s Morning Outfit, French. Green double-breasted cutaway tailcoat, cream trousers, high collared shirt, unusual black cravat, heeled black boots with small spurs, fob at his waist, black top hat with decoration. Fashion Plate via Journal des Dames et des Modes, or Costume Parisien.