Of course it would be the English who so clearly understood the political weight of dress. Our clothes are littered with cultural and social signifiers; delineating our class, income, education, gender, taste, and ambitions. The personal is political. The Men’s Dress Reform Party, like many formations of its kind, was a stand against the fashions of the time for the sake of political and social progress. They drew the link between the strict but unfounded traditions of conservative men’s dress and the systems that were equally irrelevant. It was their attempt to initiate progress through a radical shift in dress, a wardrobe more aptly suited to a modern lifestyle.