Keep in mind that the descriptions are generalities and you could end up coming across exceptions to these clothing clues during your research.Waistcoats during this decade came without collars.
Very slim cravats with tiny bow ties were also popular.
Lounge suits offered slim silhouettes and jackets were worn partially undone, showing off a more relaxed style and revealing high-buttoned waistcoats and watch chains.
Turn-of-the-decade Hairstyle: Image courtesy of Joan L.
Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995 During the early 1850s, extreme rolls extended out above the ears. Severa Around the mid-1850s, the rolls in the hair begin to soften and transition into padded wings over the ears. Severa In 1857, the padded wing hairstyle was the height of fashion.
Although evolving slightly over the course of the decade, the 1850s hair fashions for women remained parted in the center and pinned up in the back.