Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Moorland Cottage: Ch. 5 Annotation, Edward Browne’s Waistcoat

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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.

David Suchet as Melmotte in the adaptation of Trollope's novel The Way We Live Now

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.

Read about Men’s Fashions in the 1850s


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Diane says:

    Why is it not a surprise that Mrs Browne and “NED” go for the showy vest while Frank (who can afford any vest he wants) goes for the understated and simpler style.

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