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If It be true, eaya the " Daily News, 1 ' that men are going to wear embroidered trousers this season, the first step will be taken towards a further embellishment of masculine attire. Admit embroidery on the trousers and where oan it be forbidden \ The waistcoat has been privileged m tbla direction beyond other garments, except the slippers aod the very terrible smoking cap, whioh some men will persist In wearing, though it Is without exception the most unbecoming hetid gear ever Invented, especially when the embroidery Is In crude tones of green, blue, and magenta. Men adorn themselves for smoking In the samo way as women deck themselves for tea, m tho most graceful gowns thtir wardrobes hold. But the embroidered trousers are not for the smoking room- They hb to form part of evening dress, and the embroidery is to be m a long strip down the outer seam. It is to be worked m a rloh design In the best of black embroidery silks on the best of black piece silk. The rest Is to be blaok cloth, and It always has been. This la the beginning, the thin end of the wedge. After awhile, no doubt the embroidery will spread, and cease to be a strip only. And then It will invade the coat, perhaps, and fashions may revert to the magnificence of the Cavalier period, when brocades, fine laces, satins, silks, and velvets were as muoh worn by men as by women. For years a problem for » man In eyenlDg dreas has been how | to be distinguished from a waiter. The latter may be among the moat estimable of mcD, but hia social position is considered inferior to that of the persons on whom he waits, and philosophy has taught ua that clothes are the groat means of expressing social rank. Various attempts have of late been made to set up a difference between the evening dress of a gentleman and that of the person who supplies his gastronomic needs. Kneebreeches and silk stockings were tried last winter by a daring few to whom Nature bad been judiciously kind m tbe matter of calves; For reasons not altogether beyond gaefßiDg this etyle was not adopted by the many. Then a still smaller section tried to introduce a short jacket instead of (he orthodox evening Jcoat. This was no moro Bupcessful than the previous experiment. We shall bob whether the strip of embroidery is to bppome general. It is said to be costly, and for that reason likely to remainJftii&tinctive of the richer ciaeßCS. But nothing has ever yet been invented that it has not been found possible to reproduce m a comparatively cheap form, and It will a}tray§ bd uo ia the matter of.dresa.

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EMBOIDERED TROUSERS FOR THE GENTLEMEN, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888

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EMBOIDERED TROUSERS FOR THE GENTLEMEN Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2023, 28 December 1888