The s is often heralded as the decade that reshaped and invigorated the fashion world, but in my opinion, the s are not given enough credit. A shift in attitude towards dressing in the later years of the decade paved the path that fashion has since moved along, occasionally wandering but always reflecting on its origins and taking cues from the era. As the s progressed, technology, jazz and marketing all expanded and evolved — although it is often felt that the traditional attire most men wore at the time did not reflect these advancements. The focus of this article is on the later years of the s, which was a period draped in luxury and extravagance.
Summary of s Men's Fashion Summary and Definition: 's Fashion for Men wore well-tailored pinstriped suits, tuxedos, silk shirts and handkerchiefs, raccoon fur coats, fedora hats, suspenders, bow ties, black patent leather shoes and spats. The fashion and clothing for men also included short suit jackets, cuffed trousers, waistcoats and wide-leg "Oxford Bags". The famous 'Zoot Suit' was also a strong fashion statement for men during the Harlem Renaissance.
The s in fashion saw a modernisation. It continued the change from more restrictive fashions of the Victorian and Edwardian period towards looser clothing which revealed more of the arms and legs, which had begun at least a decade prior with the rising of hemlines to the ankle and the movement from the S-bend corset to the columnar silhouette of the s. Men also began to wear less formal daily attire and athletic clothing or ' Sportswear ' became a part of mainstream fashion for the first time.