Voleur de Feu (voleurdefeu) wrote in little_details,
Voleur de Feu

18th century men's wardrobe

Where: Philadelphia 
When: approx. 1795 

Short and simple: how many different "outfits" an average solid middle-class guy would have been likely to possess? (By "outfit" I mean, different frock coats, coats, cape, whatever - the pieces of clothing one actually might recognize)

The protagonist of my story in question is a french immigrant in the United States: while he is of aristocratic descent, he also is currently in considerable financial trouble. (Thus, his wardrobe is not very elaborate). 
He has made friends with some merchant-families, that, roughly could be perceived as "middle class" (so basicially, moderately well-off bourgeois). The question is now, whether they would notice, the protagonist was wearing the same three "outfits" all the time, or if a rather limited wardrobe would be quite usual to them, so that they wouldn't give it any second thought, let alone mock him? 

Already googled this and scanned several books, but as much information there seems to be available on nobility and clothing, I couldn't find anything to answer my question. 

Any help and/or thoughts on this will be highly appreciated, thank you so much!

edit: as pointed out to me, apparently I've had completely false impressions on this matter. So, question is more or less answered. Thank you.
Tags: 1790-1799, ~clothing

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