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Military Trim Mid-Century


[United States Soldiers With Rifles, 1850s.], Digital ID 831397, New York Public Library Masculine tailoring had always been affected in some degree by military uniforms. In the 1850s, an important element crept into this form of dress: increased comfort. Such an impulse would be more than revolutionary—it would be downright inspirational.

Against such practicality, the occasional flare-up of dandyism had no traction. In fact, the onus was now on the would-be dandy to prove his character wasn’t in question. 

The term “Broadway Brummell” or “Bowery Brummell” could be used with a curled lip. Men were groping their way toward some accommodation with how they appeared. Military trousers now acquired volume, allowing for greater ease of movement. Although a military cut and shape still held true, this small advance toward comfort was an indicator of change ahead.

A Broadway Brummell ; A Bowery Brummell.,Bowery Brummell., Digital ID 802566, New York Public Library


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Its interesting to see the

Its interesting to see the progression of military attire and its effect on what we wear and consider fashionable in present day.

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