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July 15, 2021

45 Found Photos Defined Men’s Fashion in the 1930s

The 1930s were a turbulent decade where the free-spirited, reckless, youthful “me” class of the roaring twenties was replaced by serious, masculine, working-class men who had responsibilities to their home and country.

The stock market crash of 1929 not only put men out of work, but also out of reach of high fashions coming from Europe. The new man of the 1930s was conservative yet colorful, oversized yet practical, and confident yet concerned about his spending on unnecessary clothing. His “larger than life” look spoke to his optimism for a recovering economy and his role as the patriarchal head of household.

In the 1930s, the athletic body seen on boxers, swimmers, and Superman became the ideal male figure. Clothing reflected this new silhouette with extra broad shoulders, thin waists, and tapered wide legs. Everything was big, tall, and surprisingly comfortable.

These found photos from Steve Given show what men looked like in the 1930s.


  1. Might have been the 30's but it could have been the 90's. Not a lot of imagination in the men's fashion world.

    1. If you don't see a difference between how men are dressed here and how they dressed in the '90s I don't know what to say. Even the men who dressed in suits looked radically different.

      Let alone today when the suit is increasingly rare even as work dress, let alone every day.




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