|original drawing by|
Estelle Ansley Worrell
Only a very daring young man would show so much shirt and breeches in those days!-a sign perhaps of the same independence and confidence that woula- lead Americans to demand independence as a nation.
His clothing is the same as Figure 72 without the waistcoat and shows the construction of the shirt and breeches. For winter this coat was often edged with a narrow band of fur. One French fashion drawing of the period shows the fur from the back of the neck, around to the front, down the fronts and all the way around the hem, even going around the edges of the side splits. The coat has fur cuffs and there is fur on the hat and a fur muff!
When a man did wear his hat, it probably meant that he had a good head of hair of his own and he wanted to flaunt it, or he wanted to show that he didn't like wigs. If he did wear a fashionable wig and still wore his hat, it was probably part of a deliberate casualness, to say that he diddt care if the wig was messed up a bit-more youthful, virile independence! But carrying the hat in one's hand was more fashionable for most men.