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The mismatched, from ancient history


THE CHRONICLE OF JULIEN SCAVINI - The current taste for the mismatched (with jeans as the almost universal trouser) is likely to be reversed in a few decades.

At the beginning of the 20th century, men began to wear the suit consisting of a top and a bottom of the same fabric.

Now that this outfit is a little less frequent, they are embarking, with more or less success, on the "mismatched" or how to match different pieces.

One could have the impression of a novelty.

However, we can discover that in each era, men have hesitated, with cycles of thirty to fifty years, between the "all-of-the-same" and the mismatched.

Under Louis XVI, the upper coat was cut from a fabric identical to that of the breeches.

Also from England came a country taste for non-uniformity, so elegantly depicted by Thomas Gainsborough, with breeches ranging from buff to carmine red.

Same with the Renaissance.

Sometimes the upper breeches are of the same fabric as the doublet, sometimes it stands out and contrasts, with a slightly different temporality depending on the European courts.

This waltz-hesitation is fascinating.

From this observation follows an obvious…

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Source: lefigaro

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