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Favorite 18th C shirt. A man's shirt, like a woman's shift, is his underwear. It is rarely worn without a waistcoat or jacket over it. Unlike many of a man's garments that are made by skilled tailors, shirts are easily constructed at home. The shirt is cut from rectangles and squares, with as little waste of fabric as possible. The shirt of a laborer and the shirt of a fine gentleman are cut in the same manner-the difference lies in the quality of the fabric and perhaps the quality of the…

American made suit dating to 1775-1785. Silk faille, cotton/linen plain weave, silk

Frockcoat, French, 1700-1725. Sergé wool with lace application. Back lapel and round sleeves in white satin. Red silk Embroidery. © Galliera musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Man's White Linen Shirt, America, C. 1800, Augusta Auctions, November 13, 2013 - NYC, Lot 180

Gustav III of Sweden’s wedding suit, 1766

1840-1860, America - Man's greatcoat and detachable cape - Wool twill (broadcloth) with silk velvet

Article on 18th century fabrics

Man's silk velvet suit, c.1770, part of the costume collection at Ham House, Surrey. ©National Trust Images/John Hammond

Formal coat, c. 1780. Changeable carmin coloured silk velvet "grain de riz".

Chemise, shift. American, early 19th century. Linen, cotton, embroidery - in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.