- Mar 2016
So this is something I've been wondering about recently. Is there any particular explanation as to why the fashion of upper class men changed so rapidly in the 19th century? I mean, this is the same century that had all of the pomp and grandeur of the Napoleonic Wars - brightly coloured garbs of red and blue and white and green - but then you look at photos from the American Civil War and all of the politicians are wearing modern suits, in mostly the same styles that we still wear today. What happened in these forty years between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the American Civil War for politicians and leaders to completely and utterly change everything about the clothes they wore? Was there a particular guy that started this trend?