Traveling men’s clothing salesmen carried book of fabric swatches and illustrations of the latest designs from small town to small town. When Sears and other mail order companies began to sell ready made suits to the small town man they produced Sample Books to mail to any customer who wanted to order from them. While real sample books are rare and incredibly expensive I found some ads and pages from sample books that give us a good start to seeing exactly what colors and weaves were made into 1900s and 1910s Edwardian era clothing. These are mostly all for men’s wool suits, trousers and outerwear.
1916 suits swacthes
More Edwardian Men’s resources:
- 1910s Edwardian men’s fashion – suits and business attire
- 1910s Edwardian Men fashion – casual clothing
- 1910s Edwardian men’s clothing – workwear
Move onto 1920s men’s fashion fabrics
Debbie Sessions has been teaching fashion history and helping people dress for vintage themed events since 2009. She has turned a hobby into VintageDancer.com with hundreds of well researched articles and hand picked links to vintage inspired clothing online. She aims to make dressing accurately (or not) an affordable option for all. Oh, and she dances too.