How to Identify a 1920’s Suit?

When we talk about fashion for men, we cannot just skip the fashion of the 1920s. It was a decade which specially marked the style of Men’s wear in particular when it comes to suits. What you see nowadays is barely how classy and formal it used to be in those times. Hence, we still find men of taste who would rather want to live that style in today’s age instead of going with casual modern wear. This is the reason why you can still find some genuine vintage outlets that thrive on the 1920’s suits. Although, even if you have decided to get a 1920’ suit for yourself, the one with that style, you will have to identify a lot of different aspects in order to be sure that it defines the style of that decade. So, if you want to identify and be sure about your purchase, go through these pointers which describe in detail every aspect that the men of the 1920s kept in mind while getting a suit for themselves!

  1. Division: before going on with the intricacies of the suits of the 1920s, you should know that the fashion of the decade was divided into two parts. In the earlier years, the jackets were of a conservative style, with narrow fitting, which gave more of a jazz suit look. However, after the mid-1920s, the style took a turn and there were more wide fitting suits with higher pockets and buttons. This was the defining fashion of the 1920s and so whenever you buy it, keep this fact in mind.
  2. Material: the material really matters in identifying a 1920s suit. This is the case because as opposed to recent times, their suits were made of very thick materials, most of them were made of materials like wool, mohair, tweed or corduroy which are all considered thick materials and that too of great quality.
  3. Colour: there has been a huge variety in the kind of colors available for suits these days. However, in that time period, people had a very definitive guide as to which colors were being opted for and who could even afford to wear these colors. For example, only the rich could afford to wear a white suit because by wearing this color, they could show that they are wealthy enough to wear a color that could be easily stained as it won’t be an issue for them. Although these lighter colors were reserved only for summers (as they used to wear suits all the time, on a daily basis and in almost every weather!) apart from that, they usually went with more masculine options like black, dark blue and grey.
  4. Pinstripe: another feature that defined their fashion was pinstripe suits. Again, that time period was very different from the one that we live in. I wouldn’t say that we don’t use clothing to tell our status but at least not in the same way as they did. For example, people who had a white-collar job would mostly opt for pinstripe suits to show their status in society. Furthermore, suits, in general, were a symbol of power and money because only the rich could afford to have tons of suits to wear on a daily basis while the lower class would make do with at least one suit that they could wear to church on Sundays.
  5. Fitting: last on our list and probably one of the most significant ones is the fitting of these suits. If you were to buy it from a vintage store, keep in mind that you would have to get it tailored according to your size, because if not in fitting like that of the 1920s, the suit will never give that look!