Here’s a nice summary/overview of men’s styles and fashion from 1860 to 1975.

If you need to create a costume, keep these tips in mind. You’ll be amazed at what you can find in second hand clothing stores!  We created many of our murder mystery dinner theater costumes using this simple guide, some photos for visuals and a second hand store.

For some great visuals, do searches on Pinterest.  It’s a goldmine of photographs and drawings of period styles and costumes.  Click here for men’s fashion and style resource links for each decade just to give you examples: Men’s Fashion by Decade Resource Links.

1860-1919 Men’s Fashion

Never left the house without a hat but might take it off once inside.

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1920 – 34 Men’s Fashion

Decadence, dapper

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1935 – 46 Men’s Fashion

Conservative, bland but the most elegant time before the war. WWII restricted: no double-breasted, no pleats, cuffs or full trousers

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1947 – 57 Men’s Fashion

“The Thin Man”, Ed Sullivan, Marlon Brando in “Street Car”. After WWII, wide lapels. Early 50’s, olive, drab gray, no stand outs due to McCarthy’s witch hunts.

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1958 – 67 Men’s Fashion

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1968 – 75 Men’s Fashion

Anything goes.

70’s: polyester leisure suits, wide lapels, pleated pants

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Download: Haleys Games – Men’s Fashion by Decade

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