The history of clothing was forever
changed with the invention of the
needle and loom. People made clothing
from soaked animal skins and hide.
The clothing style had emphasis on
propriety, and included fashion styles
such as the ascot tie, blazer, bustle,
Chesterfield overcoat, Eton jacket,
fedora, tuxedo, swallowtail jackets,
Windsor ties, monocle, and wing collar
to name a few. The sewing machines
greatly assisted in clothing readily
accessible. Late this period department
stores were established on Jermyn
Street, a shirt enthusiasts Mecca, in
It was a time when men still wore
distinguishable "daytime" and "evening"
attire. Zoot suits were worn with shirts in
mellow shades of putty, peach and
cedar. Evening wear usually consisted
of a tailcoat, with a perfectly starched
white shirt, and a top hat and black
patent leather shoes "topped" off the
formal look. In 1925, baggy pants were
first introduced, and flannel was the
fabric of choice. Knickers were also the
latest in casual wear.
Fashion took a turn due to the stock
market crashing in 1929. Cutbacks
effected both manufacturing and the
purchasing clothes. Men's suits were
restructured to have a wider torso, and
shoulders were squared-off using pads.
The double-breasted suit was growing
in popularity, and was often designed in
colors of charcoal and darker shades of
blue. Blazers were a bit bolder but
muted unique colors like moss green
and tobacco brown. Some of the most
popular designers of this decade
combined classic and modern touches.
Despite the rationing of this era, the zoot
suit remained most popular. Men's style
changed after the war to long, full-cut
clothing. Casual shirts were most
popular among the beach communities,
especially in California and Florida.
Fashion of this time included the “aloha”
shirt, argyle, crew cuts, loafers, flight
jackets, cummerbund, and sportswear.
The career path of most men in the era
was selling products door-to-door,
therefore required men to look the part.
Their attire had to abide by a certain
dress code for work. Business attire
consisted of narrow trousers,
single-breasted coats with velvet collars,
and a rolled-up umbrella. In the mid
50s, men began to wear pink shirts.
During the 1960s men's suits became
tighter fitting, and hipsters wore narrow
pants with “winkle picker” shoes.
Sideburns were beginning to take trend
and long hair became more
respectable. Toward the late '60s,
men's dress was bold and colorful with
printed shirts in bright fluorescent
colors and bell-bottomed velvet pants
in an array of purple, orange and green
colors. Jewelry for men were also
The disco era led to men dressing in
tight polyester bell-bottoms, a bright
floral printed shirt with a wide butterfly
collar, and six-inch platform shoes.
Man-made fabrics such as nylon,
acrylic, polyester were the fabrics of
choice. Unisex clothes were the norm.
Towards the end of the 1970s jogging
suits, sneakers, message tees, and hot
pants increasing in popularity.
Designers were busy turning out the
latest power suits for the trend-setting
and conservative preppies. Men had
long and layered hair, which they often
teased or created the Mohawk-do. The
widely popular television show, Miami
Vice, made popular the look for that era.
Pastel T-shirts under dinner jackets and
loafers with no socks could be seen on
Fashion in the 90s was often found at
vintage second-hand clothing stores.
Individuality was key as men no longer
felt the need to conform to a specific
style. Suits were available in a wide
range of cuts, colors and patterns.
Accessories for guys were also
becoming increasingly popular.
Men's fashion has been a mash-up of
some of the best styles of previous
fashion. No particular pattern or fabric
stands out. Men are starting to select
pieces of each decade and mixing it up
to personalize their own style.
An accessory that defines the look is