Over the centuries, the dress shirt has become a sophisticated staple in the gentlemanís wardrobe. During the Victorian era a shirt was considered little more than an undergarment and a true gentleman would not be seen out of doors without a proper vest to cover his shirt. Over time the long, loose and billowy tunic was literally nipped, tucked and altered into the dapper, slimly tailored Edwardian shirts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Predictably, an old fashioned shirt was tailored of natural textiles such as cotton, linen and silk. While solid white was a signature color for Victorian and Edwardian shirts, many a dandy fellow could be seen sporting stripes, plaids or paisleys. This was most common in work shirts, which could be made of a durable cotton or canvas.
The dress shirt of the 19th century was also marked by a number of design styles and collars that convey a specific degree of formality. The most formal dress shirts were cut and finished in a number of ways including with a pleated front, pleated bib, or plain front. The neckline featured either fold-down wingtip styling, a stiff high stand collar, or the rounded banker collar. The stand up collar served as a backdrop for the many neckwear choices of the 19th century including ascots, jabots, bow ties and cravats. In addition to a collection of several dress shirts or more, a man would also keep a workshirt assortment for less decorous duties around the home. In moments of relaxation, a tie would be tossed aside and the collar and top buttons undone.
We are delighted to offer this selection of period-appropriate Victorian and Edwardian men's shirts. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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