|original drawing by|
Estelle Ansley Worrell
(Worn throughout the 18th century) This man gives a more accurate idea of the everyday wear for most young men and working men. Paul Revere's portrait by John Singleton Copley shows him dressed this way.
His dark waistcoat is unbuttoned. His breeches and stockings are dark, his buckled shoes black.
His shirt stffi has the dropped shoulder line that was common until beyond mid-19th century. He wears the neckline open. The portrait of Revere, Ue some others, shows the cuff button unfastened also. A bit of cloth shows inside his sleeve opening and appears to be the ruffle which he has turned inside. This idea can be used in theatre costuming to great advantage. The same shirt can be worn in one scene with the ruffle showing and in another with it tucked inside.
This man's natural hair is combed straight back on top and down on the sides. It is caught in back with a black bow.
These simple clothes were of homespun cloth in dark colors such as black, brown, gray, or dull green.
Sometimes the collar was worn closed with a cravat even without the coat. The cravat is first held with the center of it at the front of the neck. Both ends are then wound around to the back where they cross and continue on'to the front where the ends are tied. When the shirt has a frill as in Figure 73, the tied ends just blend in with the frill.
When a plain shirt without a frill is worn with the cravat, the knot of the cravat is worn in the back.
The apron of Figure 109 was often worn with these clothes.
Men wore no body linen or undershoots but they really were not needed because these shirts come down to almost rnid-thigh.