Long-sleeved undershirts are an abomination, and the better class of goods are so made that the sleeve does not reach below the elbow. The long sleeve is very easily remedied. It can be cut off and the arm hole bound with tape. Many men refuse to wear drawers which extend below the knee, and they have these garments made reaching only to the knee or have the superfluous part cut off. In that case it is almost necessary to wear garters, and many other men insist that these stop the circulation of the blood and are useless.
All these are fads and fancies, jotted down for reference. Collars are still being made with a curved surface in the back and two great pokes in front. Even the all-around turn-down collars have this rounded back. In England there has been a perfect mania for brilliant hosiery, and even the “socks” worn with evening clothes are no longer of the conventional black silk, but are of the brightest hues. Violets and red in checks seem to be about the most popular. The combination known as Roman is also very much in vogue, and in silks these are always pretty, with the harmonizing though contrasting colors of pinks and blues.
Violet is also used in the new tie colors and the new shirtings. Stripes are still popular in four-in-hand ties, and combinations of violet and black, and violet and white, and black and white for four-in-hands are very effective. There is also a fad in London just now to make very bad knots. careless and one-sided and anyway. This is to show that you have not purchased a ready-made cravat.
Among the other English novelties seen recently was a double-breasted, claret-colored evening waistcoat, with garnet buttons worn in shape of a “V.” All the evening trousers made in London have white braid down the sides. – The New York Times, 1900
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