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In the early nineteenth century, as the invention of the tape measure and other improved tailoring methods shifted menswear design away from expensive, colorful fabric and embroidery to dark colors and meticulous fit, military uniform design underwent a period of extreme opulence. Opinions vary as to the cause of this, but a major one seemed to be that the uniform was a recruitment tool. Men wanted to look impressive, and both sexes loved the way the sculptured, colorful uniforms both revealed and enhanced the male physique. It did not take long for the military look to start influencing feminine fashion, as women took the spencer jacket—originally a man’s garment—and made it one of the most enduring styles of the Regency era.