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GETTING TO KNOW THE MAN
Men’s Fashion and The Man Today as We see Him.
NEHA KOTHIYAL

GETTING TO KNOW THE MAN

contents
History of Menswear

Overview of Menswear

Analysis of Menswear Industry

Men's Fashion Through The Decades
From white wing collars to retro-influenced trends, men's fashion has been born, changed, and reborn time and time again. The colors, fabrics and patterns are constantly reappearing as men's positions in society are altered. And men's clothing has always been directly affected by outside factors. War, world events and eventually the younger generation all impacted the men's world of fashion. Here is a brief timeline of men's styles from the early twentieth century, when clothing was smart and simple, to the new millennium, a melting pot of previous fads that are all meshed together.

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A quick run down through the decades( not so far behind)
1920s: It was a time when men still wore distinguishable "daytime" and "evening" attire. Sacque suits were worn with shirts in mellow shades of putty, peach and cedar. The "always-suave" tailcoat, with perfectly starched white shirt underneath, was regularly accompanied by a top hat and black patent leather shoes, and comprised formal evening wear (men always looked so debonair in these dressy duds). In 1925, baggy pants were first introduced, and flannel became the fabric of the era (baggy flannel pants... hmm... I believe they'll make a comeback in a few decades). Knickers were also the latest in casual wear for the well-dressed gentleman, and are still worn occasionally today.

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1930s: On October 24, 1929, the economic world, including the fashion industry and, for that matter, most industries, were turned completely upside-down. It was the infamous day of the great Wall Street crash, which resulted in cutbacks on the way clothes were both manufactured and purchased. Men's suits were restructured in the hopes of creating the image of a wider torso, and shoulders were squared-off by wadding or pads. The double-breasted suit was steadily growing in popularity, and was often designed in colors that are still considered fashionable today: charcoal, steel, slate, navy, and midnight blue. And blazers were hot in the summertime, especially in unique colors like bottle green and tobacco brown (sounds like a Crayola box).

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1940s: The zoot suit was one of the few exceptions to the strict rationing of that time. Men's style after the war preferred a new look: long, full-cut clothing. The "casual shirt," which was first sported on the beaches along the east and west coasts -- especially Florida and California -- was seen on the backs of men everywhere. And for the first time, young people were setting the fashion trends while the older people followed (and it has been downhill ever since).

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1950s:The 1950’s brought about a more formal trend to men’s fashion, as the bold colors and patterns of 1940s gave way to more tapered, conservative suits. Shades of gray, dark blue and brown were the usual choices of color, and fabrics usually consisted of silk, cotton, or wool; tweed was also very popular. Jackets were single-breasted with a handkerchief usually worn in the breast pocket. Dress shirts were usually white and worn with cuff links. Ties, while shorter and wider in the earlier half of the decade, shifted to a longer but thinner look in the mid to late 50s. Designs usually consisted of diagonal stripes and small geometric shapes (again, more conservative choices than before). Hats were still very much a part of a man’s attire, but the rims of Fedoras and other popular styles were smaller than previous years. For casual wear, a cardigan sweater was comfortable and stylish. A white shirt with an open neck and no tie was another casual yet sophisticated look, and was often worn with an ascot under a...
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