1950s Mens Fashion
The 1950s mens fashion was very different from the one today, mainly because men didn’t have too many options, especially if they had to go to work. The most popular style to dress was the suit, and even then the variations were limited. Men could wear dark brown, dark blue or charcoal two-piece or three-piece suits and even the ties, which are usually the much needed touch of color, were somber and dark. 1950s mens fashion was much more restrained than what women had access to, especially if they worked in an office.
Nevertheless, in 1950s mens fashion, the suits had become less structured than they were previously, but they were still made from heavy fabrics like flannel, even in summertime, and men were expected to wear them in almost any occasion. It was considered appropriate to take the suit jacket off only at home or in a familiar, informal setting. Furthermore, men wore hats. They wore them all the time, and those who didn’t weren’t properly and completely dressed. Not wearing a hat could even be considered offensive, and only when going inside or when paying respects was it normal to take the hat off. There weren’t too many options here either, the hats had to be, just like the suits, in dark colors and models that were limited and had to match the suit.
Another aspect of 1950s mens fashion were the shirts, who had to be white and kept starched to look their best, and cufflinks were worn daily. Still, towards the middle of the 1950s, shirts started appearing with more color, though those still weren’t appropriate for the work place. There even was a pink craze at one time when men started wearing pink shirts and ties. Other variations included the cowboy shirts or plaid shirts that were ideal for casual settings like a picnic or other outdoor activities. More liberal men would even keep the tails of their shirts hanging out, which was a real rebellious way to dress.
Overcoats and topcoats were also popular, especially the classic cream-colored raincoats that we still see today. The Paletot had just a hint of waistline and it could be single or double breasted. As for formalwear, 1950s mens fashion was pretty much the same it is today and how it has always been. However, the 1950s saw a rise in popularity for the ivory dinner jacket, especially at warm summer evening events. Not anyone could afford them, but those who did preferred them as they were a big variation to what they could wear regularly.