How to dress vintage can be a really "fun" experience if you are one of today's corporate men who has to wear a proper business suit and tie during the week. Dressing vintage to party and dance on the weekends can give you a totally different feeling about your dressing. It may be difficult to find men's vintage items locally unless you live in a big city with many vintage clothing shops, but you can easily find much of interest online. Even after all these years, many vintage items may be only gently worn or sometimes even brand new. Imagine yourself dressed in some of the funky fashions listed below!
- Vintage clothing from the 1930's include: The "London cut" suit with its wide, pointed lapels and shoulder pads. The "Palm Beach" suit made from cotton, gabardine, seersucker, linen, or silk shantung for the summer hot days. Blazers were jackets usually with metallic buttons. Look for plaids in wool, tweed, worsted and other types of cloth.
- Vintage clothing popular in the 1940's included: During the war, men's suits lost their trouser cuffs, pocket flaps, and vests in order to cut down on the use of cloth. After the end of the war, clothes became full-cut again with double-breasted jackets and wider trousers. The Zoot Suit was the Jazz Era's suit with its high waist and baggy trousers with a narrow ankle and oversized jacket. This Zoot Suit was perfect for jitterbugging! Ties were short and wide, brightly colored, and held in place by clips as as not to put pin holes in a good tie. A man also often wore a wide-brimmed fedora hat.
- Popular vintage clothing in the 1950's included: A two-tone vintage dress shirt perhaps in dark green with bronze/gold threads. A super soft suede jacket in the incredibly well-made quality with a quilted lining and a huge talon zipper. (A knitted wool pile lined retro coat jacket in cream with brown trim, which looks like a cardigan and is thick and warm.
- For vintage accessories from the 1960's: The crazy ties including a textured atomic retro tie with silver/gray squares and circles, in 100% acetate, and woven in France. Finish off your long-sleeve shirt with cuff links such as a pair in silver with black faux pearl accents in its original box.
- Men's vintage look in the 1970's include: A polyester leisure suit with a dark navy pinstripe. The jacket was two button, single vent, and partially lined. The matching pants had belt loops. A wool blend suit with plaid bell bottom pants and matching plaid accents on the shorty style jacket which had five buttons and was fully lined. A disco shirt with a big butterfly collar for those "boogie nights". A Hawaiian polyester aloha shirt which was loose and comfortable and had a bird or other animal print. Platform shoes, perhaps in jet black and burgundy leather, were worn to draw attention to the disco man on the dance floor.
- The main thing to beware of when buying vintage clothing is fraudulent label switching. Some sellers will buy a true vintage piece of clothing, cut out the designer label, and sew it into cheaper clothing which had no label or a less desirable one. If you are buying online, be sure to see a full photo of the label. The labels on vintage designer garments before the 1980's were normally sewn in by hand, and the thread matched the label color. Some exceptions in the 1940's and 1950's were sewn by machine along the edge of the zipper. You don't find uneven, zig-zag, or messy machine stitching in designer garments. The size of the label will be in proportion to the garment's size: ties will have small labels; coats will have larger labels.
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