Up until the 1870's, men thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of bathing naked.
Games and cycling were the chief influences in modifying men's clothing of this period.
Waistcoats and cummerbunds provided a touch of color to formal clothing and the dressing gowns and smoking jackets were heavily embroidered in oriental designs.
This is an important period in men’s dress because, during it, France definitely established herself as arbiter of the mode.
The sack coat was a loose-fitting, single-breasted garment appropriate for travel or business, which was distinctive for its small collar, short lapels, a fastened top button close to the neck, moderately rounded hems, flap or welt pockets on the hips, a welt pocket on the chest and a slightly baggy appearance.
Men's formal attire consisted of a top hat, dapper cutaway coat or frockcoat, waistcoat, cravat and trousers.