(This costume is from a listing of simple costume suggestions for gentlemen and provides a very easy out for a modern gentleman -- white tailcoats and trousers and black shirts can be easily rented or bought from a formalwear store. The waistcoat color is not specified, perhaps because both black and white were worn in period, though black was more common. Like the Footwoman of the Future, this costume tries to anticipate change, though it fails to predict the tuxedo!)
...viz, white where it is usually black, and vice versa, white coat and trousers, black shirt, tie, and collar.
Holt, Ardern. Fancy Dresses Described, 2nd Edition, Illustrated. London: Debenham & Freebody, 1880.
Holt, Ardern. Fancy Dresses Described, 5th Edition. London: Debenham & Freebody, 1887.