Men’s fashion is much more rooted in reality compared to women’s fashion trends. A majority of men’s wear fashion trends is inspired by some of the common trends in the field of uniforms, sportswear and casual wear. Men’s wear is mostly made up of common garments like the field jacket, the bomber jacket, the pea coat, trench coat etc. Most of the jackets, coats which men use can be traced back to one’s forefathers as well. But this does not hold true in case of womens’ fashion. Let us have a look at how men’s fashion evolved over the years.
In the late 1800s, Victorian era was still dominant. Men could be seen wearing frock coats, top hats and pocket watches .In the 1900s men’s clothing was largely influenced by comfort .It was characterized by long, lean and athletic clothes. Also one could see tall and stiff collars which were the trend of the day in men’s fashion. Men used to confine themselves to three piece suits comprising of a sack coat, waist coat and matching trousers. The lengths of trousers were shorter and were creased using the trouser press which was not available previously. This stood out as the style statement of the day.
People started travelling a lot and most of the men’s fashion trends were influenced by the men’s clothes of the day in England and France. The Prince of Wales was considered to be a style icon and people were largely influenced by him. In colleges and universities men started using their imagination and tried to be creative .They thus made use of natural shouldered jackets, button down shirts, ties and colourful socks. Newspapers and magazines came into being and men started looking at photos and advertising started which cast an influence on the minds of men.
In the 1930s the great depression reduced the influence of fashion but people who could afford it, tried to copy the style trends of movie stars like Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Clark Gabel etc. During this time, people started copying Americans who in turn were influenced by the movie stars. The men started following certain preset trends of etiquette and conduct. Most of the menswear rules were written during this period. Men tried to dress according to their individual body types instead of following certain trends blindly.1940s saw the emergence of ready to wear clothes and put an end to customized clothing. Customized tailoring became costlier and this led to the mass production of mens wear. This trend has still remained intact.