|In the 1840s the clothes became a little
lighter weight, with thinner
fabrics and less stiff padding in the coats. Sportswear starts to
become popular, as gentlemen gather in clubs for horse riding and other
outdoor pastimes. The skill of the tailor is turned toward these
projects while still turning out the frock coats and evening coats
similar to the previous two decades.
Men's clothing starts looking busier, now, with weaves and patterns
more varied and appearing more often. Trousers often appear with
stripes or checks, and waistcoats are often multicolored and/or
textured, using stripes, brocades, velvets. The waistcoats tend to have
a shallow point at the center front of the waist, and the sleeve heads
of coats are a little less generous than they were in the 1830s.
The 1840s also began the spread of ready to wear clothing. Outlets
started to appear, that would sell coats for a fifth the price of the
tailor. This brightened the outlook of the middle classes, who could
now afford to dress better and have more clothes. A worker could arrive
for his job in a frock coat, even if he had to exchange it for a smock
once he got there.