Male Fashion of the 18th Century


Part Two

Fashion Plate, c. 1700-1720

The gilet has become shorter now and is allowed to flap open a little at the bottom end. The front edge of the justaucorps appears slightly more curved, but the torso is still narrow and the skirts not overly flared. The stockings are sometimes worn under the breeches, but as often over them. The shoes continue square-toed, with small buckles.

The sleeve cuffs have reached their maximum size, reaching up to the elbow and often wider than seen here. The cravat is less prominent.

The allonge wig has made room for smaller wigs, still all curly, but short. Other wig types, which were to be the most popular ones during the following ears, started to appear. But the long variety was still seen, especially but not only on older and conservative persons, and for formal wear.

The accessories of a gentleman are the tricorn hat (still fairly high here), walking-sticks and, most importantly, the sword as a status symbol. The slit in the centre back of the waistoat and coat allowed it to stick out from underneath. That was of course not the main reason for having a slit: It was necessary for riding.


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