The modern suit as we know it was born in Britain. London, England to be exact but, it has since taken on a new look that has kept the traditions of the Victorian Era alive. In this sense, it’s easy to admire the fashion that men were wearing in that time period but an important transition came from the one before it. The Georgian period was when the modern suit was actually born, by the eccentric Beau Brummell. He was close friends with King George IV and actually taught him how to dress. It was strange and laughable how men dressed up until this time. Men wore heels and makeup, and wigs that were almost as long as their jacket. This was a time when French fashion and mainland Europe has a large influence and held sway with the world about what men considered high fashion. The Georgian period changed all of this in the most dramatic and damning way. So what still lives on from that time?
The Sometimes Overlooked Style Of Men’s Georgian Fashion
A Dandy Symbol
Beau was known for being dandy. This was seen as someone that was well-dressed, well-informed and natured on what was fashionable and presented himself as a gentleman. In fact, the concept of the gentleman was born in this same moment when men’s fashion changed forever. One of the symbols of this is the men’s Ascot Tie. Not as thick as the women’s and usually made out of cotton or wool rather than silk or velvet. At John Henric there are Ascot ties that come in different colours and patterns, such as the popular Blue Yellow pattern. Other kinds are the Red Ascot and the Orange Gold Ascot. Inherently it’s a gentler feature and not as common anymore, however it’s great for special occasions and maybe less formal affairs.
A Civilised Response
The pocket square has only come around recently and actually, doesn’t play a huge role in a suit. It will take time for this piece of fashion to truly become important. However it has taken over the place of what was once used all the time, and that is the handkerchief. It was a civilised response to sneezing, waving goodbye to someone, wiping dirt off your clothes and absorbing sweat from your brow on a hot day. Nowadays we don’t see too much of this cloth but it can be a part of your suit. It should be kept in either of the outside jacket pockets out of sight. Part of the appeal was that a gentleman would only bring out his handkerchief on occasion, thus showing subtlety, being prepared and taking time in his dress sense.
A Quick Show
For men’s fashion socks seem like a bit of an afterthought at times. No wonder then that most just go for something plain such as white, blue or black. This doesn’t have to be the case as the Regency Era was in the Georgian Era also. It was a slightly more assertive fashion period, therefore, longer socks were worn. It was a period when the UK engaged in a war against Napoleon and therefore, men were wearing thick woolen and cotton socks that went almost up to their knees.
Victorian fashion is still having a huge impact on the way men’s high fashion is at the moment. However, just before it the Georgian Era was the moment when men’s fashion changed forever. Luckily, some of those changes still exist today albeit in a slightly different way.
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