Victorian Men’s Clothing, Fashion – 1840 to 1890sA well-dressed Victorian man needs a quality suit, tie, shoes, a hat, and accessories to reenact the era. We have found many men’s Victorian clothing options online to help with your shopping for a Civil War, Dickens, Steampunk, or single-action shooting reenactment. Start assembling your Victorian-era outfit from these links. Read more about Victorian men’s fashion history before you shop.
VICTORIAN MEN’S CLOTHING
- Suits, Coats and Jackets
- Evening Attire
- Pants and Trousers
- Boots and Shoes
- Neckties– Ascot, Cravat, Bowtie
- Accessories– Cane, pocket watch, gloves
- Men’s Sewing Patterns
- Steampunk Men’s Clothing
- Victorian men’s clothing in the UK
VICTORIAN MENS FASHION GUIDES
- Victorian Men’s Fashion – An overview of the Victorian era for men
- Victorian Men’s Fashion guide – All about creating the Victorian look with new or repro men’s clothing
- Victorian Mens Shoes – Learn about Victorian style boots and shoes for men.
- Victorian Formal Wear – A guide to the history of Victorian men’s formal wear with recommendations on how to pull off the Victorian look with modern clothing.
- Victorian Costumes – Halloween costumes with Victorian characters such as Rhett Butler, Sweeny Todd, Sherlock Holmes, Scrooge
Men’s Fashion OverviewTo modern eyes, there was little change in men’s styles over the years of the late Victorian era. Variations in collar height, the visibility of waistcoats (vests), and jacket closures are subtle. Clothing represented status. Better clothing was a sign of good breeding, taste, and sense. Wealth signified moral character, and the well-dressed man was viewed as better in every way than those who stood on the lower rungs of the socio-economic ladder. The greatest variety of style can be seen in how men dressed for different occasions or the time of day. A gentleman wore specific garments for morning formal occasions or evening events, for outdoor activities, for general day wear, and after sunset. Extreme styles, loud colors, or wild combinations were viewed as unmanly or loutish. New styles were generally worn by the young, while older or conservative men stuck to older style garments.
HairMost men of the era wore their hair short. One of the greatest ways to stand out in a crowd was facial hair. In the middle of the century, full beards ruled. As the Industrial Revolution brought more men indoors, a full beard suggested a viral, outdoor kind of guy. A man with a full beard appeared strong and wise. As the century progressed and full beards fell out of fashion, men grew some very creative facial hair.
- Muttonchops were exaggerated sideburns.
- Side whiskers were muttonchops taken to an extreme. They hung well below the jawline.
- A goatee featured hair on the chin but not the cheeks.
- Van Dykes were hair on the chin paired with a moustache with no hair on the cheeks.
- The Walrus moustache grew down past the outer edge of the mouth, sometimes to the jawline.
- A handlebar moustache extended outwards and could be turned upwards at the ends, the hair held in place by wax.