A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up: What to Wear, When to Wear It, by John Bridges, Bryan Curtis

By John Bridges, Bryan Curtis

Let's get something directly. outfits are not making the man... yet they do make a distinction. And whether we adore the belief of appearances using impressions, a man's external frequently is perceived as a trademark of what's occurring at the interior.

Fortunately, tasteful and applicable dressing doesn't require inordinate quantities of time or funds. Any guy can hit the door in effective form with just a little forethought and somewhat cognizance to some directions. by no means brain the heady cologne and fashion designer labels. With a army blazer, an exceptional bar of cleaning soap, and a typical haircut routine, he'll be good on his solution to changing into the fellow who is aware precisely tips on how to swimsuit up, whatever the celebration. most crucial, A Gentleman will get Dressed Up illustrates how a man's usual self assurance and character are the simplest starting place for any cloth wardrobe.

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The magnificent figure of the ancien régime aristocrat—decked out in lacy cuffs and collar, powdered wig and rouged face, deli­ cate stockings and slippers—became distasteful to the new male revolutionaries and their democratic ideals (Flugel, 111–12). The revolution’s emphasis on the brotherhood of man promoted a uniformity of dress, intended to abolish those distinctions that separated wealthy from poor and to advance a simplification of dress that suggested democratic, plebeian values. As the revolution made labor re­ spectable, work (or business) clothes became the new uniform of the new demo­ cratic man (112).

The Habits of Good Society asserts that the gentleman must avoid “all extravagance, all splendour, and all profusion” (140). Chasing the recherché or striving to remain ever on the cutting edge of fashion was not the proper business of reserved mas­ culinity. Samuel Beeton, author of Beeton’s Manners of Polite Society (1879), instructs that “a well-dressed man will never be the first to set a new fashion, he will allow others to hazard the innovation, and decline the questionable honour of being the first to advertise a novelty” (28).

He vocalizes what should be kept silent by recording the minor in­ conveniences and frustrations of maintaining middle-class identity through goods. While nineteenth-century conduct literature consistently promotes a sarto­ rial ideal of plain dress, sartorial understatement, and inconspicuous masculine appearance, we must distinguish between the prescribed ideals of the renunciation and the actual sartorial practice of “real-life” middle-class Englishmen—some­ thing I undertake at greater length in chapters 2 and 5—as well as discern the complicated negotiations at the heart of conduct rhetoric regarding “reserved” male appearance and masculine performance.

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