Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Men

The eighteenth-century gentleman would
balance the fashion for wearing wigs by being clean-shaven. He wore a long linen nightshirt in bed and a Banyan or wrapper over it after getting up. Such a
garment would also serve as an informal indoor coat and would be worn about the
house over shirt waistcoat and breeches. Both types of garment reflect British interests abroad. The wrapper was Japanese in influence, while the Banyan was based on an Indian gown. The shirt opened with a small vertical
slit at the neck, which was sometimes disguised with ruffles. The shirt was full, with voluminous sleeves and square shaped gussets under the arms to allow for ease of movement. Stockings came up and over the knee and were held in place by the knee band on the breeches. The gentleman would select his accessories
according to the occasion. Selecting shoe buckles of steel for everyday wear or silver perhaps, set with precious stones or glass paste for special occasions. The shirt cuffs were usually fastened with a pair of cuff buttons, linked with a chain. A gentleman might wear linen under drawers, but since the shirt was cut with
long tails so that it would tuck neatly around the groin for comfort drawers
were not essential. The knee breeches were cut full at the back and were
gathered into the waistband with a laced vent to allow the wearer to sit or ride
more comfortably. They fastened at the front waist with buttons and the fall
flap performed the function of the modern fly. Breeches usually had at least one pair
of pockets. The breeches closed the side of the knee
with buttons. And the knee band was closed with buttons. buckles or ties just
beneath the knee. Suit waistcoats were made either to match or to contrast with
the coat. The top few buttons would be left undone to allow the shirt ruffles to show. Although the pocket buttons were placed below the pocket flap, suggesting
that it was just for show, the pockets were in fact functional. The shirt collar
was soft and closed with tapes or buttons and the gentlemen would wear a
fine linen cravat or stock over it. Men’s shoes were buckled across the top
of the foot. The stock was made of pleated linen and fastened at the back
of the neck with a buckle. A gentleman would have owned at least two wigs so
that one could be dressed while the other was worn, but would probably have
had a number of styles to choose from. He would have worn a wrapper to protect his
clothing and a mask to protect his face while the wig was being dusted. Wig powder was made from finely ground starch scented with orange flower or
lavender. It also came in many colours including grey, brown, black, or white. It was even available in blue. It was applied by the means of puffers, shakers,
or miniature bellows. A black bow would be tied at the back of the neck to
control the wig tail or ‘Q’. Men’s formal dress suits consisted of three garments:
breeches, waistcoat, and coat. They could be made of matching or contrasting
fabrics; of silk, linen or wool. Left plain or decorated with metal braid or
embroidery and sequins. A suit of three identical pieces was known as a Ditto Suit. A gentleman’s coat fitted smoothly across the chest and back and widened
into a skirt with pleats at the side seam. It was usually worn unbuttoned. The coats centre-back vent allowed the skirts to be swept aside for sitting or riding. The open side vents allowed a ceremonial sword to emerge.


  • It's indeed easier to look stylish if you have a servant to do the dressing for you

  • My lord what a bunch of d bags useless aholes

  • This man is really getting into my nerves. don't worry I'm NOT angry🙂

  • Feeling cute might raise taxes idk

  • It's strange how the servant takes off the indoor coat, but the aristocrat buttons his own pants up.

  • Only if you were wealthy.

  • А еще говорят, что мы разбалованные и ничего сами не можем.

  • An ancestor of mine was both an officer in the American Revolution and a state legislator during the same period.  Eventually he was sent to Europe after the revolution to visit a number of courts.   An outfit of his is preserved in a museum in New England.  Since my great grandfather has permanently loaned it to that museum I can on occasion make an appointment to examine the outfit physically rather than merely look at it while in it's case.  On one occasion in my youth I had wanted to try it on and be photographed in it but even then it was a bit tight so I only got it half way on.   Until now I did not fully understand how everything went together.  Thank you very much for posting this extremely informative video.

  • 👍👍👍Very interesting! Thanks very match!

  • Homie does not give a single FUCK lmaooo

  • Thanks god its 21st century.looks like a drag queen rather a gentleman

  • Wouldn't have mind seeing more of the birthday suit😉.

  • Fragile weak lazy white 😾s

  • This is great– what decade would this be? I've also always read that men's stockings were held up by garters like women's, is that an earlier thing altogether or would it be just optional once breeches became tight at the knee?

  • He looks gay

  • its 2:30am and i have a exam tomorrow
    someone take away my internet

  • Why do you say 18th century when it takes place in the 17th century.

  • Don't tell me I'm the only one that is attractive to men in the 18th Century

    Its the wig its properly the wig that make them look so Will…..


    I'm so weird…

  • You should do a getting dressed video with childrens clothing

  • 4:58 – Weak
    calves… people in the 18th century would find that unattractive.

  • If I lived back then I would never be bald

  • No shower 🚿?

  • Красиво, интересно и очень хорошо что сейчас все очень проще в плане мужской одежды. Хотя есть индивидуумы просто кошмар.

  • 300 years ago gentlemen paid more attention to their everyday clothes than I ever did for prom 😐

  • What about HATS?

  • the amount of garments wore by the 18th centurians compared to nowaday's suits is the proof of global warming itself 🤣🤣🤣

  • Indeed! My oh my, may I ask, how do.u possibly answer the call.of nature, gentleman?

  • Que elegancia la de la Francia :0

  • 5:25 Bien digno el bato jsdkek I like xd

  • Those were the days, when men’s pockets were infinitely smaller than women’s

  • 5:15 off to Parliament to raise taxes on the peasantry so the Crown can add more vessels to its fleet.

  • 仿如時光倒流

  • I feel so bad for the old actor idk why

  • They are men wearing diaphers and curtains.

  • You'd think someone would have invented a regular t-shirt and pants long before all of this fancy stuff.

  • Notice there's no underwear.

  • Cuff buttons…so, cuff links then?

  • You'd be angry too if you found out that your favourite mistress is pregnant, a syphilitic and a french spy all on the same day!

  • What's with the arrogant face? That put me off watching the video and I love watching these dress up videos.

  • Who dressed the valet?

  • "Suit waist coats were made either to match or to contrast with the coat".  Was there a third option?

  • This video made me a socialist

  • Que zánganos al no vestirse por ellos mismo

  • Abolición a la monarquía holgazana

  • That man is shameless.

  • Thank you so much now I know the name of the pants lol

  • Gay designer for sure

  • When women had more pockets than men…. Don't know what that's like….

  • I have this weird urge to dump tea into a harbor.

  • Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Men – you men dirty rich men!

  • I wonder how these people would react if we can go back in time and walk through this era wearing hip hop style outfits

  • they don't need to go to shower first 🙄🙄

  • It was for men in 18th today it gay the world we live in 😅

  • I just saw how women of 18th century dressed and then I see this.
    What?! Pffffffffff

  • No wonder they hardly bathed 😂😂😂

  • i'd probably fall in love with every gentleman back then. this clothing style is hella handsome.

  • I would have enjoyed this much more if I wasn't forced to look at his sour-puss face and slouching posture. Is this actor's demeanor intended to bias the viewer regarding the character of 18th century gentlemen? Can't you educated elitists just get out of the way and actually educate instead of pushing your ideological opinions on us?

  • Thank God I was born in the 20th century! Yikes!!

  • How sad most people dress today! Now, everyone looks like a bunch of pigs stuff into some horrible, Lululemon-derived garbage. Men and women both look absolutely awful today.

  • Man that servant looked ready to blast that wig powder in his master's face!

  • Dauth is here by thus the question must be gay

  • that could create a big inconvenience for him when he wants to take a leak.

  • Something about the gentleman’s luxurious posture at the beginning made me think this was going to turn into a porno….

  • 3:42 that ruined the mood of arrogant face

  • In winter I could see this being reasonably cosy but imagine in summertime how uncomfortable you would feel… Linen is breathable but still, poor guy

  • The real reason the French revolution broke out is this 18 century fashion and this butler stuff

  • I thought the title said "Getting depressed in the 18th century"

  • Me when I use "thusly" in an essay.

  • This guy is a dick lol I love it!!

  • The first thing that popped up in my head with this video is

    "Does that man have neon pink nipples?"


  • Went from snobby Nicholas Angel to colonialist in 5 minutes flat

  • this video reminds me of Assassin's creed Syndicate

  • Such a sexy era of style for men! 😍 I don't know why but the hose on men is hot!

  • " TIPS HAIR m'lady "

  • How do you get your dick out??

  • Yup, Homosexuality definitely comes from Europe

  • I need some clothes like that

  • It's done well.

  • Now the black version!

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  • So it was men who started wearing stockings 😆

  • Its weird seeing videoes and movies from back then because it always looks so fake because i always thought people looked like painting back then

  • Everybody talk about guy attitude but no one talk how comfortable is men cloth and how discomfortable women cloth were such a hypocrite society

  • c'est le genre de personne à corriger grandement. Il représente, hélas, un peu trop la supériorité de cette tranche de noblesse qui a eu la chance de naître avec une cuillère en argent dans la bouche.

  • 3:33 hey that outfits kinda cute
    3:43 Nevermind

  • comes downstairs IM JAMES ECKHOUSE JR-

  • Ngl kinda wish I was an 18th century gentleman those jackets were SLEEK

  • Why do I want to punch this guy in the face suddenly?

  • So you're telling me these niggas free balled half the time

  • I prefer his servant's look. lol

  • as I see they didn't wear underpants

  • Imagínate si ando bien caliente, tardaré en quitarle la ropa alv 😂

  • Back when being a man was BEING A MAN

  • But nothing about washing… 😂

  • 18th Century fuccboi

  • That guy really did come off as some toff git from the 1800's well played mate.

  • So wearing stockings was not a gay thing

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