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MEN’S STYLE + FASHION OVERVIEW (1860 to 1975)

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.

HATS:

  • Top hats for the elegantly dressed, golf caps for casual, bowlers, skimmers (or boaters), fedoras towards the 1920’s.

SHOES

  • Black or brown tie shoes, plain black or brown boots.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Watch fobs, pocket watches, light weight leather gloves, tie pins, argyle socks w/knickers, walking frock: long jacket, short lapels, buttoned high w/ matching trim cut trousers. Double-breasted 1st appeared.

1920 – 34 Men’s Fashion

Decadence, dapper

HATS:

  • Flat tops, boaters, fedoras, golf caps, top hats.

SHOES:

  • Black or brown tie shoes.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Handkerchief in the pocket, carnation in the lapel, gloves w/a top hat, canes for elegance not function. Ties were medium width or bowed in solid, striped or polka dots. Suspenders. Wide-bottomed trousers & zoot suits. Double- breasted.

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

HATS:

  • Fedoras, caps for the young boys.

SHOES:

  • Black or brown tie shoes.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Handkerchief in the pocket, ties were wide and conservative except for the playboy types (loud). Suspenders.

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.

HATS:

  • Fedoras

SHOES:

  • Black or brown tie shoes. Suede “hush puppy” and loafers for the 50’s.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Ties were medium to wide, bow ties popular with the young and nerdy. Gray flannel, tight fitting suits

1958 – 67 Men’s Fashion

HATS:

  • Fedoras, if any.

SHOES:

  • Loafers, top siders, Black or brown tie shoes, suede tie shoes, slip ons.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Ties narrow and conservative, turtlenecks became popular in mid-60’s.

1968 – 75 Men’s Fashion

Anything goes.

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

HATS:

  • Hippie: headband.
  • Baseball caps

SHOES:

  • Hippie: sneakers, sandals, barefoot.
  • Same as 1958 – 67 for the rest.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Love beads, fringe vest, Download

Download: Haleys Games – Men’s Fashion by Decade

Susan
Chief Imagination Officer & Creative Director
Haley Productions’ Games
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WOMEN’S STYLE OVERVIEW (1860 to 1975)

Here’s a nice summary/overview of women’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.  Victorian skirts often had to be constructed from scratch but you just might get lucky to find a long, full skirt in a used clothing store that you can modify.  To make your own skirt, I suggest doing  a Google search for “how to make a victorian style skirt”.  You’ll have lots of options to choose from.

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

Women's fashion through the decades

1860-1919 Women’s Fashion

A lady never went out w/out hat, purse, gloves, wrap

Hats:

  • Large/medium brimmed, straw or cloth; can decorate with colorful feathers, flowers, ribbons

Gloves/purses:

  • Short gloves in black, white or brown
  • Small draw string, clutch, beaded & ornate

Jewelry:

  • Earrings: dangling but dainty/feminine. Pearls.
  • Bracelet/necklaces: pearls, cameos, gold, silver. Rhinestone for dress up.

Shoes/stockings:

  • Black tights
  • Bloomers
  • Granny shoes: ankle high & lace up OR plain, short-heeled dark colored flats

1920-34 Women’s Fashion

Decadence, risqué

Hats:

  • Day: Cloch hats, turbans, short-brimmed straw
  • Night: Headbands of beads, sequins or lame w/feathers. Scarves wrapped around the head and knotted on the side.

Gloves/purses:

  • Any length glove depending on dress and time of day
  • Small, beaded purses, usually clutch

Jewelry:

  • Earrings: dangling but not too outrageous for day; bold dangling beads, sequins, rhinestones for night.
  • Necklaces: Very long pearl beads often complemented by a ribbon or beaded chocker
  • Bracelets: rhinestone, bangle

Shoes/stockings:

  • Black, white or fishnet stockings
  • Flat heeled slippers or short heeled pumps

1935-46 Women’s Fashion

More conservative well-bred look.

Hats:

  • Day: a must but may be removed after arrival for evening affair. Felt, cloth, Juliet caps, close hats, short brimmed “saucy” hats. During war time, had a definite military influence. May be decorated w/small   feathers/ribbons.

Gloves/purses:

  • Gloves: A MUST
  • day: short or half length
  • night: half or full
  • Purse: sensible, boxy w/handles for the day; small clutches for evenings.

Jewelry:

  • Day: subdued. Cluster earrings, short strings of pearls, brooches.
  • Evening: Dangling, rhinestone earrings. Necklaces: chockers or short length.

Shoes/stockings:

  • Day: neutral stockings w/seams (if possible)
  • Night: fishnets or black stockings
  • Sensible pumps with 3″ heel or platform; plain rounded toe.

1947-57 Women’s Fashion

Somewhat tailored but tight waists and full skirts

Hats:

  • Generally a must during the day for older women. Pill boxes w/veils, small hats that fit on the head. Nothing big, no brims.
  • Young girls didn’t have to wear a hat but would tie a short scarf around ponytail or wear a headband

Gloves/purses:

  • Gloves: for older women
  • Purse: boxy w/handles. Alligator, leather, straw. Large clutches.

Jewelry:

  • Earrings: Cluster, sm. pearl, no dangling
  • Necklaces: Short, beads, pearls, gold, silver
  • Bracelets: Bangle or charm

Shoes/stockings:

  • Neutral tone stockings
  • Spike heels. Sensible pumps. Saddle shoes.

1958-67 Women’s Fashion

Jackie Kennedy sets the tone. Younger girls went for the Connie Francis look.

Hats:

  • Pill boxes. Outrageous, unusual designs.
  • Under age 40, hats no longer a must

Gloves/purses:

  • Gloves: optional
  • Purses: same as 1947-57

Jewelry:

  • Earrings: big clusters (on the gaudy side)
  • Necklaces: short & med. length

Shoes/stockings:

  • Neutral, black, white or coffee tights. Late 1960’s any color goes.
  • Fairly moderate heels or spikes with pointed toes

1968-75 Women’s Fashion

Anything goes

Hats:

  • Miss America: same as 1958-67
  • Hippie: floppy, wide brimmed, w/scarves tied around top. Indian headbands, feathers tied to a cord.

Gloves/purses:

  • Miss America purses: same as 1958-67, Gloves for special occasions only.
  • Hippie purses: leather or cloth fringed bags w/drawstring or large cloth bags w/many compartments

Jewelry:

  • Miss America: Same as 1958-67
  • Hippie: long and dangling earrings. Lots of silver. Love beads. Lots & lots of necklaces, anklets & bracelets.

Shoes/stockings:

  • Miss America: spike heels until end of 60’s; sensible pumps.
  • Hippie: Any color stockings. Platform, wedgies, clogs, sandals.

Download Women’s Fashion by Decade Resource Links

Next Month: Men’s styles and fashions through the decades.

Susan
Chief Imagination Officer & Creative Director
Haley Productions’ Games
Scavenger Hunts :: Mystery Games
Kids’ Games :: Team Bonding Games
www.haleyproductions.com
707.762.2323 local phone
800.293.3302 toll free (US & Canada)
A BBB Accredited Business since 5/1/2003

Order and download one of our fun murder mystery games.  We have lots of period scripts!