Cultural Changes In Fashion

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Fashion is a language that reveals a story about the person who wears it (Durcanin, 1999). What fashion is, changes constantly and men’s fashion in particular is no different. Over the past 100 years men’s fashion has reflect the social, economic, political and cultural changes happening in the world. During the roaring twenties, a time of excitement an eccentricity had an impact on fashion post WWII. This decade saw styles that were bright and fun. Every man had at least one suit with tighter fitting jacket, sloping shoulders, bow ties and regular ties now made from knit material instead of silk. Trousers also changed to a baggier look now worn with a belt instead of the usual suspenders, in addition to front creases and cuffs. The hat craze began with specific hats worn during specific months of the year; Panama straw or boater hats for summer, as well as felt fedoras for the colder months (Firchau, 2017). The fashion world in the 30s saw cutbacks and restructuring with the Great Depression, a time where fabric was rationed and production slowed reflecting the economic and social mindset of the decade. Suits made out of linen, flannel, wool and tweed, saw a change with broad shoulders, made even broader with the addition of shoulder pads, pants now had tapered legs and thin waists, to help reduce the amount of fabric used per suit, even the color echoed the somber mood of the population with dark and neutrals replacing the brighter colors used during the 20s.
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