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In chapter five, Mrs. Browne is described as
Proud of her son, and his new waistcoat, which was far more conspicuously of the latest fashion than Frank’s could be said to be.
A bold pattern, colored silk, and metal buttons; something flashy was probably more to Edward’s taste based on the showy way he brags to the Buxton’s about his talents in the law. Something like what you’d imagine a Victorian tycoon with a large cigar wearing. And what about Frank? While men are generally not too interested in fashion Frank’s style was probably simple and understated, like most Victorian Gentleman.