Ackermann’s Repository of Arts/Series 1/Volume 1/March 1809/Fashions for Gentlemen
fashions for gentlemen.
The reigning colours for this month are claret and corbeau, with plain, flat, silk buttons; the coat rather long in the waist, and short in the skirts, double-breasted, with lappels, high collar, thin padding, and to fall back full three inches; the pockets under the cross-flaps, cuffs five inches and a half long, with three buttons at top.
Waistcoats are made of white marseilles and fancy silks, single-breasted, with narrow flaps, rather long. Breeches of drab silk hose, not made very high; the knee-band low, with four or five buttons at the knee. They are made rather tight.
The coats worn for morning dress are generally of dark colours and sage mixed, single-breasted, with short regimental skirts, no flaps, pockets in the plaits of the skirts, high collars, stitched narrow, and to fall back about three inches. Buttons either gilt, or silver basket, or moulds covered with cloth.
Waistcoats double-breasted, made of silk striped Valentia.
In consequence of the excessive advance in the price of superfine cloths and kerseymeres, the leaders of the haut ton have resolved to revive the fashion of wearing leather breeches and boots, which some years since so particularly distinguished English gentlemen from mechanics and servants.
The preceding observations were communicated to us by Messrs. Anstey and Saxe, South Molton-street.