|original drawing by|
Estelle Ansley Worrell
(Worn through the 80s) The second Continental Congress met at Philadelphia in 1775 in violation of English laws and was therefore revolutionary! There were important jobs to be done by civilian statesman as wen as by military men. Civilian men's clothing was still much like that of Figures 110 and 111.
Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were dressed in clothes of the finest quality and along fashionable lines. Their attitude seemed to be, judging from their own writings, that men of standing have a duty to,dress tastefully in order to win the respect of other men while at the same time winning respect for the nation as a whole in the eyes of other nations--especially England.
The designers of the Constitution of 1787 also wore a suit like Figure 124 in a variety of fabrics from homespun to velvet. Most of the men involved wore this style and that of Figure 146 into old age because they never adopted the new long trousers. They wore coats of newer designs in later years but accepting the new pantaloons was difficult for most men after a certain age.
This coat was worn by fashionable men. The front corners are rounded back almost to the side seam or cut-away. It is still split in back. It has no collar but the neckline is curved up onto the neck to almost cover the shirt collar. It has frog closings with little tassels but buttons were used on many coats, too. There are no cuffs but the sleeves are split for several inches at the back seam. These splits were rarely buttoned so the fullness of the shirt sleeve shows through.
The light-colored waistcoat has become quite short, up to where the thighs join the hips. It is trimmed with embroidery on the edges and pocket flaps.
The breeches match the waistcoat even to the embroidery around the buckled knee band.
He wears white stockings and black shoes with silver buckles. ffis hair is powdered, or a wig, and tied back with a black ribbon. The front hair is in short, slightly frizzed bangs.
A New England businessman was described at this time as wearing a pea- green coat, buff breeches with white v@est and stockings. His shoe buckles, "covered at least half the foot from instep to toe."