Advert for Chas. Baker & Co, clothier
Medium: Print on paper
This is a colourful advertisement for Chas Baker's clothing store. In the 17th and 18th centuries men’s suits were made with bright colours, like green, red and white, but by the middle of the 19th century day wear was much more sombre with suits being made from colours like grey, blue, brown or black. Waistcoats were an essential part of a gentleman’s wardrobe in the 19th century. They were worn to the waist, could be worn with or without a collar and single or double breasted. Materials were usually in contrasting colours from the coat and trousers and usually plain however more formal waistcoats were decorated embroidered patterns.