Year 1820-1824


Coat Fitted into the waist, single breasted, worn open or closed, large M-notched collar, wide revers, sleaves gathered into the armhole, with or without cuffs, flap pockets in waist seam, full skirts, wool cloth.
Waistcoat Fitted, Single-breasted, collar and revers, shawl collars, Plain or embroidered silk or matching coat.
Trousers Fitted, tight to ankle, stirrups under instep, cotton.
Shirt High collar points, pleated fronts, fine linen.
Colour Dark colours, Black, blue,  grey, brown, green,  bright colour waistcoat  Pale trousers or black trousers.
Accessories Top hats with tall crown and curled brim, stocks, leather gloves, ankle boots , walking canes.


1821 - 1825 Gothic/ romantic period

Skirts: Widening at hem, very triangular. Gored with fullness at the back. Increased ornament between knee and hem. Wadded hems help them stand out.

Bodices: Waist returns to normal level. High neckline with ruffs. Lace kerchief worn.

Sleeves: Long with increased fullness at shoulder.


Deborah V. McKeown 2004



Where marked (JP) the text is by John Peacock from his book Men's Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook, 1996 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London. Reproduced by kind permission of Thames & Hudson Ltd, London.

Where marked * Picture and notes are based on notes from Dover Publications.