By Michael D
are certain men's fashions that we cannot help but associate with a specific
period in time. For example, what do we always equate with a white wide-legged
polyester suit? John Travolta in the seventies, and Saturday Night Fever, of
course. And how about the gangster-like pinstriped Al Capone suit? This is
reminiscent of the roaring twenties. Some retro fashions are endearing, while
others may strike us as being ridiculous. But each decade has trademark fashions
that can be applied to your wardrobe to give it a retro flair today.
and 1930s- Along with pinstripe suits, fedoras became an essential for the well
dressed man. Today they are still very popular. To add a little bit of 20s style
to your wardrobe, try a brown suit with a cream colored vertical pinstripe. Or,
add a wide brimmed fedora to your favorite outfit. You can also wear these
elements together, but if you do, anchor the look with a modern shirt, tie and
shoe. This is a key to appearing like you are wearing a vintage style, not like
you are wearing a costume. For a more subtle dash of 1920s style, try a tie with
an art deco print on it.
The 40s were divided into two distinct eras of pre-war and post-war. Perhaps the
most memorable men's style of this decade is the zoot suit of the swing era,
which became popular after the war's end. You cansnuod to the 40s, add a pocket
square, a pair of wing tipped shoes and a pair of suspenders to your favorite
suit. Ties at this time were generally flamboyant, in bright colors and bold
patterns. This is a great trend to copy today. But if you wear a bright tie,
make sure to also wear the appropriate necktie accessories,because with everyone
looking at it, you will want to make sure it stays in place all day.
The 1950s were known as the "Boom Times" and leisure wear began to make an
appearance in men's wardrobes. For a 1950s leisure look, try a Hawaiian print
shirt, or a polo shirt, both of which first became popular during this decade.
For a more youthful look, try wearing black Converse One Star shoes with your
denim, or go for the Ivy League look by layering a slim cardigan sweater or a
letterman's jacket over your polo shirt. The 1950s also brought about the
Beatnik look, with black as the dominant color. Look for a slim fit black
chenille or wool sweater and wear it untucked over your trousers for a retro
When we think 60s, we often first think "hippie." But early in the decade,
before the hippie movement, we saw the Beatles make their appearance on the Ed
Sullivan show in their classic gray slim cut suit, black square toe shoes and
black skinny ties. This slim cut look is making a huge comeback now in 2011. The
skinny tie (which also became popular again in the 80s) is in style again today.
It can inject just the right amount of 60s retro feel into an outfit.
The white polyester suit and bell bottom pants are trends that I would recommend
skipping from the 70s! But this decade has other great fashion to offer us
today. For 70s retro style hints, look at Roger Moore as James Bond for
inspiration. Try a simple brown chenille turtleneck sweater layered underneath a
dark blue velvet blazer. Thick fabrics like velvet and creased wool really evoke
the era of the 70s (without being too disco). If you still like the white suit
look, do it in a natural fabric, such as linen, rather than polyester.
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