I know the Power of my prose ought to cast into your mind exactly the image of what men looked like in the 1890s, but frankly pictures are better.
So, here is a sample of 1890s clothing for gentlemen of the kind the Quesnel & Percy are oft described as wearing.
|Fashion plate, 1880s-90s via shewhosorshipscarlin tumblr|
“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?'"
"The mood will pass, sir.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
|J.W. Losse Tailoring, 1897 via dandyads-tumblr|
Adjusted for inflation, one of these spring overcoats would run you $400-720 today.
This next image is a little more modern but I imagine, given the prevalence of dirigibles, that something like a driving outfit would have been around earlier on as a gentleman's floating outfit.
|1906-1908 Driving Coat The Victoria & Albert Museum|
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'Jeeves,' I said coldly. 'How many suits of evening clothes have we?'
'We have three suits full of evening dress, sir; two dinner jackets—'
'For practical purposes two only, sir. If you remember, we cannot wear the third. We have also seven white waistcoats.'
'Four dozen, sir.'
'And white ties?'
'The first two shallow shelves in the chest of drawers are completely filled with our white ties, sir.'
~ Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
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