“History is the best teacher” - ancient Latin proverb
It’s no secret that as we evolve, we continue to learn from our past successes and failures. The manner in which we present ourselves – including our personal appearance/image/style – is no different.
This is my dissertation – one (or two) look(s) inspired by each of the past nine decades in American history, along with corresponding style tips.
Please keep in mind that these are not costumes; the styling in these images is not meant to be 100% accurate for the decade. Rather, these are contemporary looks inspired by the said time period.
As always, all clothing featured in this article is from my personal wardrobe, and each look is one that I have worn at one occasion or another (or at least something very similar).
1920′s – Roaring & Fabulous
“The 1920s called for a fresh approach to dressing, which was epitomized by the new royal fashion Icon – the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII… Described as the best-dressed man in the world, the Prince was closely scrutinized whenever he went on tours, particularly in America, where every detail of his lavish outfit was reported on” (Blackman, 13).
Fashions of the “Roaring 1920s” were inspired primarily by royal figures. There was not much sense of “over dressing” or clothing that was “too” luxurious.
Take-away tip: Don’t be afraid to be the best dressed man in the room. You only live once – sometimes you deserve to feel a little lavish.
- Grey “Prince of Wales” three piece flannel suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Black bengal stripe shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Fur scarf Handmade
- White linen pocket square by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Burgundy ascot by Ralph Lauren Polo
- Gold pocket watch Vintage from my late grandfather