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A buckle man, or a string man?

October 6, 2009


Portrait of Pierre Sériziat, by Jacques-Louis David, 1795.

What will the well dressed gentleman will be wearing for Autumn? In Pimpernel’s enthusiastic research he chanced across a copy of the Boston Weekly Magazine from Saturday, Nov. 10, 1804. What a delight to find this publication carries information on the latest Parisian fashions!

The Parisian beaux wear nankeen breeches in half dress, and even at balls. Buckles are more the ton amidst the votaries of the light fantastic toe, but strings are more elegant for walking. The deepest nankeen color is the most fashionable; and therefore the petits maitres get their nankeen garments refreshed in a strong infusion of tea.

Pimpernel has never been a votary of tripping the light fantastic (it’s murder on the dance floor, apparently), but likes a good walk. That would presumably mean that strings at the knees of his breeches would suit, like that dashing Mr Seriziat in the portrait above. George Bryan Brummell, below, Pimpernel dimly suspects is more of a buckle man…

Pimpernel is particularly intrigued by rinsing one’s breeches in tea. Earl Grey, naturally, with a little milk and one sugar. (Pimpernel also wonders whether dousing himself in tea would work as a tanning agent….)


George “Beau” Brummell, watercolor by Richard Dighton (1805)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2009 8:55 pm

    I posted a little passage about you on my blog, hopefully it will suffice! 🙂

    • badgerconsortium@googlemail.com permalink
      October 30, 2009 12:22 pm

      Thanks so much for mentioning us- we love your blog and your beautiful photographs!

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