November 9, 2013 @ TheNordicPage
It was in the 19th century that the perception of black as a fashionable color began to spread more and more. We see from images from the Middle Ages that in those centuries, when men had power and money, they would dress as colorfully as possible. In fact, the same was true even for the lesser well-off; wearing a red or blue hat with clothes that were brown or green was not unusual in those times! In the 15th and 16th centuries, black was fashionable to a certain extent but not everyone would wear it.
From the 19th century onwards, people began wearing deeper and more somber colors. By the time 1830 rolled around, evening tuxedos and suits were dominated by the color black. Summer pants around this period were white but in later years, black pants became traditional. Even the lifespan of the colorful cravat was not very long. In The Gentleman’s Magazine of Fashion published in 1838, remarks were made about King George IV and his predilection for black, and how he had rejected white cravats except for more unusual occasions. In the Tailor’s Journal published in France in 1850, it is noted that official men’s clothing was now only a black shirt, black pants, a white vest and a black tie. This is really an interesting change though. Apparently men were now choosing to wear chic versions of mourning outfits which managed make the 19th century look like one large funeral ceremony.
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