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Another take on frac(king): the triumph of the frock coat and the lounge suit

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The UK has a good wardrobe of ceremonial robes; not only for royalty, the peerage and various chivalric orders, but also in legal, civic and academical use. The variety of the latter has increased with the expansion in the number of universities.

Beyond the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries, however, the wearing of ceremonial uniform or formal clothes (as opposed to robes) has tended to decline and it has reduced even in the armed and other ‘uniformed’ services. In civil life, ‘le frac’, i.e. a dark dress coat, the morning coat and latterly the lounge suit, have triumphed for most occasions and (non-legal) court dress and civil uniform are rarely seen. tailcoats, then finally the lounge suit, have succeeded it.

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