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Evolution of Official Suit

Sunday, 08 March 2009

evolution official suitWomen are vainglorious? Who says so? Still, the most hincty woman finds it hard to vie with an average man. Unluckily, men were fairly difficult to express their vanity for the last hundred years showing dandyism in cloths, unlike past times from the early Byzantine epoch to the times of Biedermeier style. Whereupon the actual supremacy of dead-level, sobriety, grey and black shades of fabric was formed. Though, there were redingotes, tailcoats, silk hats, somewhere we could see a florid-like vests, however men experienced lack of play to reveal their personality.

Tuxedo was invented in the epoch of the Victorian England and was designed for smoking purposes actually. Gentlemen used to retire to a separate parlor in this jacket to go smoking and to have some whisky making laugh at the latest fun stories. They used to wear this jacket onto their upper cloths that prevented the noxious fumes from sticking to their other clothes and offending the women when the men returned to mixed company. The author of the handbook «Socialite» dated 1913 expressed his regrets that recently the tuxedo gets trendy as an official outfit while only the tailcoat is the most appropriate and adequate kind of wear for banquettes, first nights at top theaters and balls. Whereas the evidence of high elegance was a gardenia in the buttonhole and an eye-glass, the tailscoat symbolizes a particular world position. Men, with a few exceptions, do not wear tails, while tuxedo finds favor with more and more men. Yet, some designers believe that «a jacket for smokers» will get a high success for longer time. And in the year 1980 that opinion was proved out by plugging semifitted double-breasted coat, sports style lapels replacing shawl collar; straight or too tight trousers; white shirt made from cotton lawn or China silk, small collar, bow tie or narrow band tied in bow.

During the first post-war times the men's suits were only in dark and black colors. Later on, these dreadful silver-like ties were invented. In the end of 50s the so called ‘'polo'' from silky hosiery rushed over available to the men's demand. And some persons still have a thing to them, indeed.

With more leisure time there were sea changes in fashion, of course, so far it lost some of its Victorianism but changed for more comfort, it became less arty-farty and more affordable. And definitely, off duty and official functions.

In the times before the First and Second World Wars dandies could tell against the entire mass by applying some nuances. A tie, as it is stated in the handbook «Socialite» appears to be the first and probably the only chance of aristocrats to add some buoyant motley throughout the fashion code that dictated only humble dark colors.

Till the year 1914 the outfits exhibited colors, style and cutting out of eccentric nature. Just recollect inexhaustible imagination of the Emperor Wilhelm II. All these trends sank fall into oblivion. Men of thirties looked not as much as attractive as them at the age of their fathers. They quit wearing long beards, however thin handlebar moustache were rare as well. There was no feeling of zest. Ladies' men were clean-shaven; the length of hair is short not to reach the collar, grey trousers of soft wool fabric. If and when necessary they wore English tweed coats well with fine striped shirt; and definitely, starched collar and tie from heavy silk with kiddo patterns. Ties of light shades were not allowable as well as shoes of pastel colors. Narrow leather belt, leather band watches (and in no other way from alligator skin!) and, as the only jewelry, fairly plain golden collar pin was allowed. And nothing in the buttonhole! And the handkerchief is desirably twisted and hardly looked out of the hole but not folded. Alternatively they were afforded to coats from sheer woolen fabric with a vague check pattern; olive tweed coats; a tie is larger, more motley and striped of dark-blue or green color and a derby. As a must, elegant men used to wear short hand-fitted mittens of hog-leather, and sometimes a skirt of the color of old rose.

Some time ago in-between-season coats were in great favor. And the only slightly washed-out and strapped raincoat with secret buttons plus a boyish felt hat tilted over eyes. It sounds funny but the fashion appeared to be very ridiculous is not more absurd than a man looks with the shirt undone revealing a tanned chest with a medallion dangling from the golden chain.

As for shoes, dark-brown either black shoes were greatly requested, moreover, handmade and by individual measures. And those who wore such shoes have them shined with brushes.

Winners of the women hearts appear at tennis courts in long white trousers together with the blouse or silk shirt and a scarf to replace the tie casually tied below the Adam's apple and appearing from under the collar of the shirt. Of low thought was unbuttoned and spread collar. And such style was deemed jesting. However a sporty couple looked not so chick as modern guys.

Men's accessories including keys, a wallet, a silver snuffbox, a lighter and a porte-monnaie for coins to give tips, once they were all seat in the pockets of the trousers and they never looked bulged. Incredible but fact.

And finally you always remember: all loved by fathers is neglected by sons but enjoyed by grandsons.

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