I read early on that most men in the 18th century (wealthy men), had three staple suits. Black, great and brown (just like now), but that very few examples survive, as men wore them out. This is one of the early examples I was able to find. LOVE it.
1837, Herrenmode für die Oper, links stark vom 18. Jahrhundert beeinflusst mit Frack in Justaucorps-Manier mit Kniebundhosen und Zweispitz, rechts schwarzer Frack mit langer Steghose, aus dem "Petit courrier des dames"
Suit | British | The Met
Boy's yellow silk taffeta suit, probably French, c. 1805.
Suit (image 1) | British | 1755-1765 | wool, silk | Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Accession Number: 2009.300.916a, b
Cotton daydress (1832 - 35) Nr. 2009.300.948a–c (Source: Metropolitan Museum NY)
Court Suit Date: ca. 1780 Culture: French Medium: silk, metal, cotton, glass
.Too bad men don't dress like this any more. Oh I guess my men never would have dressed like this.