The years 1810-1830 were the glory days of dandies. This era of sartorial elegance created fashionable gentlemen who preened as never before. Appropriate attire for a dandy gentleman was a coat that fitted very snuggly at the waist--the waist was cinched with a corset if necessary. Beneath was worn a white shirt with high collar and a cravat that knotted with the utmost precision.
From the stock of Madelena Antiques.
Trousers, loosely fitting, were appropriate for day wear. But for formal wear, tightly fitting pantaloons or breeches were mandatory. Pants had to fit SO snuggly that underwear was not worn lest it disturb fit. Pockets could not be allowed to rumple that sleek look, so dandy gentlemen carried little handbags called reticules for their 'necessary objects'--and we see earthenware dandies carrying them too. Another reminder of how different life once was!
Getting dressed, 1820s style! Dandies and Dandizettes Dressing for the Easter Ball, published in 1819.