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September 12, 2022

40 Vintage Photos Show What Men Wore in the 1930s

The Great Depression and World War II bookended the 1930s, but fashion flourished anyway during this decade. Inexpensive fabrics, affordable catalog clothing, and homespun ingenuity let anyone copy styles previously worn by the wealthy.


The male silhouette in this period had wide, padded shoulders, a broad chest, defined waist, and straight legs. The overall trend was looser and a little more casual.

Suits of the 1930s typically had high waists and slightly tapered, creased trousers with turned-up cuffs. Younger men preferred baggier trousers and longer jackets. Suits were darker blue, brown, or gray for cooler weather, with lighter tones for warm weather. Bold patterns included stripes, checks, and plaids.

A vest, pocket handkerchief, shorter tie, hat (such as a fedora or bowler), and dark or two-toned leather dress shoes completed the look.

Daily wardrobes of laboring men paid little heed to fashion trends. They often wore bib overalls or coveralls of sturdy denim or duck cloth. Work shirts were loose-fitting and long-sleeved. Work uniforms often paired lighter-weight, colored shirts with matching trousers. Heavy leather work boots protected the feet.

Some men wore sports jackets for leisure; in the United States, men also wore them to work. Knitted sweaters, soft-collared shirts, and flannel trousers were also donned for sports and relaxation. Take a look at these vintage photos to see what men really wore in the 1930s.












































1 comment:

  1. It is nice to see how adult men used to dress not too long ago, as opposed to the majority of today's "forever-boys" who think they can continue a semblance of a care-free childhood by continuing to dress that way. The "forever-boys" aren't able to manage the burden of exigency, or the energy required to exhibit a stylistic and unapologetically masculine elan.

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