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.




1827:  Day wear. British Dandy. Double breasted blue cloth coat, gilt buttons, large collar and wide revers, tight cuffed sleaves, waist level flapped pockets. Decorative silk handkerchief. Yellow waistcoat, watch chains. Black silk stock lined with red and tied into a large bow. Black and white silk shirt. White trousers with wide hems. Black shoes. Black top hat, high waisted crown. Curled hair.   (JP)




1826 - 1830

Skirts: Widening skirts, creating a triangular effect. Wadded hems up to 1828. Flounces and rouleaux trim from knee to hem. Skirts pleated to waistband with fullness more evenly distributed after 1828.

Bodices: high neckline or wide boat shape necklines. Natural waist but very narrow. Silhouette is of two inverted triangles joined at their apex. Pelisse robe popular, which is derived from a coat and fastens all the way down the front. Canezou worn (sleeveless waist length jacket.)

Sleeves: Top of sleeve ballooning (gigot) at shoulder to balance the widening hems.

General for all periods: fastening with either hooks and eyes or hand worked buttons. Also mother of pearl buttons. Evening dress often laced at back.


Deborah V. McKeown 1997



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.