5 Best Men's Vintage Fashions
Trying to pick out just the 5 best men's vintage fashions is difficult because there was so much interesting men's vintage clothing over the years. Men's fashion has been of prime importance throughout history, and it is not easy to choose from the vintage clothing that can still be found today to enjoy.
- Zoot Suits. These suits were created in the late 1920's by the jazz musicians of Harlem. Who can forget the bold and baggy suits and fully cut coats? Zoot suits had exaggerated shoulders, wide lapels, a two or three inch high waistband, full cut at the knees, cinched in at the ankle, suspender buttons, and might have a contrasting lining. They still look good on the dance floor.
- The Double Breasted Suit. This suit rose to popularity in the 1930's. The jackets had long broad lapels, from two to eight buttons, ventless tails, and square shoulders The trousers were long and generously cut.
- The Palm Beach Suit. The Palm Beach suit was designed in the 1930's and became the American man's summer suit. It was made from cotton, gabardine, seersucker, silk shantung, or linen.
- Knickerbockers (knickers). These were popular in the 1920's as casual wear for a well-dressed gentleman. There were variations in how many inches they hung below the knee. "Golf coats" were worn with the knickers. Those coats had a shoulder yoke, large patch pockets, a belt, and usually one button.
- Casual Shirt. The casual shirt goes back to the postwar men's fashions of the 1940's. This was an extreme change and was surprising when men began appearing on the streets without a jacket after first appearing on the beaches of Florida and California. They were vivid with their bright colors. Flowers, fruit, women, and many more designs were featured.