Year 1830-1834


Coat Fitted into the waist, double-breasted,  large collar, wide revers, fitted sleaves with gathered heads, flap pockets, full skirts, wool cloth.
Waistcoat Fitted, Single or double-breasted, with or without collar pointed and shaped fronts, silk or matching coat.
Trousers Fitted, tight to ankle, stirrups under instep, cotton or tine wool.
Shirt High collar points, pleated fronts, fine linen.
Colour Dark colours, Black, blue,  grey, brown; cream or grey trousers. Contrasting colour for waistcoats, or a matching coat,
Accessories Top hats with tall crown and curled brim, stocks, bow ties, leather gloves, short boots , walking canes.


1828 - 1840: The Romantic Era

Skirts: straight, un-gored panels pleated or gathered into a waistband. Skirt becomes fuller towards 1840. Mostly unlined except for a wide band at the hem. Skirts are joined to the bodice and not separate.

Bodice: nearly always fastens at the back with hooks and eyes, or laced for evening. Waistline is at normal level with a straight band at the waist. Bodices are interlined and have boning at the CF, front darts and side seams (occasionally). Neckline is to the base of the neck, or with a wide scoop. Armholes are off the shoulder, nearly horizontal by 1835. Piping on all seams and edges. No CB seam, back cut on fold.

Sleeves: grow large until their collapse in 1837, when the fullness is banded down at the upper arm. Sleeves are lined and cut in one piece.

©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.