Saturday, December 30, 2017

1895 Etiquette and Men’s Fashion

“I shall always be an apostle of dress, and I believe firmly in its inexorable etiquette.” — Vogue, 1895


At the New York Horse Show, a few men showed a tendency to appear in very gay waistcoats. Tan and leather ones were popular. Ascot and Teck ties were universally seen and red prevailed, and real yellow gloves were seen in the morning, but of course the evening saw every one in evening dress. 

Vogue remarks: “The collars this year are straight and standing; the all-round turned-down collar is still very popular. Otherwise everywhere there is a disposition to dress less and to avoid conventionalities, and I regret to see it. I shall always be an apostle of dress, and I believe firmly in its inexorable etiquette. There can be no mixing of matters. We must either dress to suit the occasion or we must abandon all hope of being considered gentlemanly. The present revolution in dress is arrant socialism. I am not in favor of it, and I shall fight against it.” — San Francisco Call, 1895


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