Location: 1920s Berlin Project
While most fashionable men’s coats in the 1920s were unbelted, double-breasted varieties and generally wool — occasionally fur, if the gentleman were a little on the vulgar side, if rolling in plenty of cabbage — the trench was decidedly a thing. The origins are a little obscure, but it was a standard military style of overcoat by the Boer War, and ubiquitous by the Great War. Pre-Great War tenches were longer, well past the knees, but the hem line moved north on some models during the War, possibly for very practical reasons (less of one’s kit to drag through the mud, don’t you know). We’ve never seen an old photograph or illustration of one quite this short, but this was a free hunt item, and for free, who’s going to complain? It’s close enough for a galloping horse, as they say in theater circles.
About the trousers — we have a bit of a problem here; the fit on these trousers is too narrow and there is no discernible crease. Men’s trousers in that era were fairly wide and the sharp, crisp crease was an important feature of the overall silhouette. It’s too bad, but just as it’s difficult to come by a really good period collar in SL, it’s difficult to get a good crease on one’s trousers. These look like they fell into the hands of Alistair Bingham-Reeves’ valet, an excrescence famous for pressing his employer’s trousers sideways.
Mr. Wooster has a decidedly Trevor Howard-in-The Third Man air about him here, and old Trevor would have only been a boy of about 10 or 11 years old in the mid-1920s. He didn’t come into his recognizable adult own with this look until some years later. The Third Man, as a matter of fact, came out in 1949.
Trevor Howard still from The Third Man, 1949, moonboog.com
While a bit of an anachronism in some of the details, this is still a nice look and won’t get you tossed out on your ear from any interwar sim. Mr. Wooster, wandering the snowy streets of Berlin tonight, fits in just fine.
Trenchcoat ~ Jana’s For Men, acquired at a past Menstuff Hunt for free
Trousers ~ Munereia, Carbeseu, former group gift
Shirt ~ Kauna XIV in white
Tie ~ Kauna Tuxedo XIV accessories: Hogwarts collection, Hufflepuff, free at the store
Hat ~ Elysium Frankie boy hat, acquired at a past Menstuff Hunt for free
Shoes ~ Coco, Oxford two-tone, past group gift
Mustache ~ Fe Style, 6ED in brown
Cigarette ~ Sinister Designs, cigarette sculpty v.3, from SL marketplace
Skin ~ Hermony, Leon
Eyes ~ Aveline mesh eyes in hazel, L$0@SL Marketplace
Dressed for L$369