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Men's Fashion: 1919-1929

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Ryan Kay

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of Men's Fashion: 1919-1929

Fashion in the American Modern Period
Men's Fashion in the 1920's
- Distinguishable "daytime" and "nighttime" attire.
Tuxedos were worn for more formal nighttime events.
- Men's fashion became less regimented and formal.
- High-waisted pants were popular, and in 1925 wide trousers (aka "Oxford bags" because of their University of Oxford roots) became widely worn.
- The kind of hat worn depended largely on social class:
Upper class- top or homburg hat
Middle class- fedora or bowling hat
Lower (working) class- newsboy or flat cap
Clothes Make the Man
- More than in previous eras, following fashion trends and purchasing high-end clothing were used in an attempt to exude a higher social standing.
- This was primarily due to the economic boom that occurred in America during the 1920's.
- The influx of spending not only affected the clothing market, but also car and appliance sales. People during this time pursued the American dream like never before, in that they aspired to reach a higher social class.
A Quick Look at 1920's America...
- August 18, 1920: Women are given the right to vote.
- March- August, 1923: Time magazine is published, Warner Brothers Pictures is incorporated, first sound is put on a motion picture.
- November 15, 1926: NBC Radio Network is formed.
- May 20, 1927: Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic.
- May 15, 1928: Mickey and Minnie Mouse make their first appearance on the big screen.
- October 29, 1929: Stock Market crashes.
Men's Fashion Pre-1920's
- Men almost exclusively wore suits and hats. Most suit jackets had either three or four buttons, along with the occasional double breasted jacket. (Generally speaking, the greater number of buttons, the more formal the suit.)
- Before the 1910's men typically only wore traditionally masculine colors (black, grey, white, navy) and were generally monochromatic in their attire.
- The 1910's saw slightly more experimentation in colorful clothing.
- Very little use for "casual" wear.
1930s Men's Fashion
Women's Fashion Before the 1920's
Influence of culture on fashion in the 1930's
-Trends in light of the Great depression
-1930’s saw dramatic change in men’s fashion because of the Great Depression.
-The late 30’s economy became more stable, which allowed more freedom in relation to how men expressed themselves through fashion.
-Hollywood began to influence the way people dressed.
- The1910s was a more transitional time
-Corsets were in the process of being modified
-Dress length rose above the ankle
-First half of 1910s was all about the fuller skirt and V-neck
-After 1918 dresses started to evolve to become more straight and curveless.
Men's Clothing
- During the Great Depression, a lot of people could not afford to stay up with the fashions of the day, but that doesn't mean that no one followed fashion.
-The great depression cause people to be extremely conservative in their clothing, which led to men’s suits being closely cut to save money and material
-The majority of suits were in dull colors
-These suits were fitted with single or double breasted lapels, button fastenings and wide shoulders.
-Trench coats, leather jackets and cap became popular

- Influence on fashion now came from Hollywood movies.
The Age of the Flapper
- Influence on fashion still came from Paris, but not as much.
Men's Accessories
Popular Accessories: pocket-handkerchief, silk scarves, sunglasses (cheaters) and leather gloves. Hats became a requirement outside the house. Bowlers, fedoras, trilbies, boaters.

Hair and Grooming: short hair, no beards, mustache ok.

Shoes: leather, two-toned, black, brown, tan

-typically referred to as the "roaring twenties"
-1920 the 19th amendment was passed giving women the right to vote
-This gave rise to women embracing new found freedom in the form of clothing
Women's Clothing in the 1920's
-Corsets became much smaller and more flexible
-Dresses were shorter and lighter than ever
-Loose silhouettes
-All about coordination of accessories
The Complete Look
-The 1920's brought about short hairstyles
-Louise Brooks was the first US celebrity to sport the "bob" it wasn't long until all of american women were following in her footsteps.
New Fashions
-Broad shoulders
Made with pleats or other methods
-Shoulder Pads
-Women's suits
-Brimmed hats worn at an angle
-Pill box hats
The overall Appearance
-Dressing up in the evening
-Differences between day clothes and evening wear.
Backless dresses
-Muted or deep colors.
-Prints were abstract and geometric
-Lower necklines
- Lower necklines.
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