Story: Clothes

Men's suits, 1840s to 1970s

The suit has been a staple item of the male wardrobe since the 1840s. While it has changed in detail and cut, a suit that was fashionable in the late 19th century would not look out of place in the 2000s – though the wearer would appear particularly smart and formal amidst a sea of jeans and T-shirts. 

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Fiona McKergow, 'Clothes - Men’s clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Fiona McKergow, published 5 Sep 2013