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Aufschlag and revers of the uniform of 8th cuirassier regiment of the French army, 1814-1815.

A revers or rever is a part of a garment that is reversed to display the lining or facing outside.[1] The word is borrowed from French revers, which is reflected in the final s being silent.

The most common form of revers is the lapel.[1] The revers emerged in the 1860s[2][3] in France as soldiers began unbuttoning the fronts of their uniforms. When the revers became dirty, the uniform could be buttoned up to show a clean front again.[3]


  1. ^ a b Picken, Mary Brooks (1923). Textiles and Sewing Materials. Scranton, Pa.: International Textbook Company. p. 242.
  2. ^ Nunn, Joan (1984). Fashion in Costume, 1200-1980. New York: Schocken Books. p. 140. ISBN 9780805239058.
  3. ^ a b Edwards, Nina (2011). On the Button: The Significance of an Ordinary Item. London: I.B. Tauris. p. 93. ISBN 9781848855847.