see also George Godwin in London Shadows - click here
also Henry Mayhew on the dress of costermongers in
London Labour and the London Poor
see also Henry Mayhew on clothing of the very poor
Working-class swelldom breaks out for the short time in which it is permitted to do so in all the butterfly brilliance of "fashionably" made clothes, with splendid accessories in collars, scarves, and cheap jewellery. But neither the will nor the means to "come the swell" are given to all men, and a favourite Saturday evening costume with the mass of working men consists of the clean moleskin or cord trousers that are to be worn at work during the ensuing week, black coat and waistcoat, a cap of a somewhat sporting character, and a muffler more or less gaudy.
Thomas Wright, Some Habits and Customs of the Working Class, 1867