Napoleon Bonaparte is shown posing with his hand in his waistcoat because Jacques-Louis David painted him that way in several portraits to make him look more stately. The pose dates back to Greek statesman Aeschines who believed speaking with an arm outside your tunic was bad manners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
I learned the reason why men should always leave the bottom button open on a suit jacket is out of respect for King Edward VII, who was too fat to button his waistcoat insider.com/suit-button-r…
Bottom buttons on suits are left unbuttoned because they needed to be unbuttoned while riding a horse. Meanwhile, King Edward VII was too fat for his waistcoat when he was Prince of Wales, so the Court and later everyone in the Empire unbuttoned the bottom of theirs in solidarity. thisisinsider.com/suit-bu…
Cardigans (sweaters) are named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Major General who wore a knitted wool waistcoat. He led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 and the fame he gained from the battle helped popularise the clothing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The small pocket in your jeans was originally designed for cowboys to keep a small watch on a chain in, normally kept in a waistcoat pocket, it was to prevent it from being lost or broken. independent.co.uk/life-st…
The waistcoat of Haiti's Toussaint Louverture had 18 buttons that were decorated with reproductions of Agostino Brunias's paintings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ago…
Today I learned of La Recta Provincia, a secret society of alleged warlocks who, in the 1880s, were accused of Mafia-style murder and kidnapping. At their trial, the members themselves laid claim to wearing "magic" waistcoats made of human skin and tortuously deforming children into cave-guarding monsters. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Freddie Mercury had a waistcoat printed with photos of his beloved cats. freddie.ru/e/cats/
The gesture associated with NapolΓ©on Bonaparte called hand-in-waistcoat was not peculiar to him. It was a common gesture found in men's portraiture during the 18th and 19th centuries and can be traced back to classical times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Animal defendants appeared in court as early as 1386 when a French pig dressed in waistcoat and gloves was tried and publicly executed for murder. awesomestories.com/asset/…
King Edward VII was too fat to fully button his suit jacket. In order to not offend the king, everyone else followed suit. A trend was born... artofmanliness.com/2010/0…
Wil Wheaton models clothes for an online Steampunk store. clockworkcouture.com/gent…

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