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Let’s face it. The 1930s fashion was a hard act to follow, but the 1940s is still a brilliant decade when it comes to style. The 1940s men’s fashion was heralded as the last decade of elegance. It signalled a dramatic shift in men’s clothing.

It was during this era when practical styles began. Clothes were simpler to conserve material. But once the war ended, men became more daring and experimental with their fashion choices. Extravagant clothing rose into popularity once again. It signalled the end of fabric rationing.

Despite the hardships of WWII, there were still some flamboyant styles by the end of the decade. Once the war was over, men were able to cut loose. This is especially true in terms of fashion. They were in a celebratory mood due to their victory, and it was reflected on the clothes they wear. They went on to experiment with style and color as never before. The result was tailored, stylish, and fabulous clothing.

If you’re interested to know what men wore during the 1940s, then we urge you to read on. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through 1940s men’s fashion and see how it differs from the style reflected in other decades.


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Most dress shirts were made from cotton, with a large, pointed collar attached to them. During this era, dress shirts were the most versatile option. They would wear the dress shirt with suits or by itself with a pair of slacks. Dress shirts were worn tucked in. White and blue were the popular colors for formal and office wear.

After the hardships of the war, strict dress codes became impossible to implement. Men were tired of wearing confining suits and scratchy uniforms. They were finally free to experiment with their clohting, especially in terms of cut, style, and color. Post war casualness opened the flood gates for men’s sportswear, as well as Hawaiian-style shirts.

For a more casual look, men would forgo the dress shirt. An open collar sports shirt is worn in its place. Typically, sports shirts have two large patch chest pockets. This type of shirt is often worn with the top button undone. Unfortunately, it isn’t very common in our modern wardrobe.

Hawaiian-style shirts are another trend that became popular during this decade. The shirts come with big, colorful, and cheery prints such as fruits, flowers, and fishes. This is exactly the type of clothing they needed after the dark years of the WWII. This is the type of shirt men usually wear in beaches. Surprisingly, the Hawaiian shirt has remained in use to this day.


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For most of the 1940s, most working middle class men wore suits almost every day. They wore suits to work, business dinners, and in formal events.

War rationing caused a significant change in men’s suits. Once the war started in 1939, suits became 2-piece as the vest was deemed an unnecessary extravagance. Also, suits and trousers became more tailored in the hopes of saving on material.

During this time, materials like wool were unavailable since they were used in the production of military uniforms. With the lack of materials for the production of day-to-day clothing, synthetic rayon with wool was used to make suits. Also, men’s suits became limited to dark colors such as black, charcoal, and navy. Zoot suits were also banned due to over-abundant materials used.

Once the war was over, men’s suit became liberated. Single or double-breasted suits with notched lapels, three buttons, and pronounced shoulders became a 1940s men’s fashion trend for formal and office wear.



Unlike the wide-legged pants that were popular in the 30s, trousers became more tailored in the ‘40s to save on material. The WWII fabric ration forced designers to focus on basic clothing that are simple and practical. Their pants were still high-waisted and held up with suspenders or a belt, but trouser pleats and cuffs were removed so as to prevent wastage of materials.

On casual occasions, however, men opted for plain blue or brown trousers. During this decade, clothing in blue and brown were considered semi-casual.

Later on, men became bold enough to try clothing they were forbidden to wear during the war. The Zoot Suit that was frowned upon during the war became a huge influence to post-war clothing. Wide-legged, double-pleated pants became popular by the latter half of the decade. Pants with patterns like pinstripes, windowpanes, herringbones, and checks also became a trend by end of the ‘40s.


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No suit would be complete without a necktie. Ties were still worn during the ’40s, but they were more narrow and subdued during the war. When the war ended, the ties became available in almost every color imaginable. Ties with bold patterns and art deco prints also became popular. Popular patterns were wide stripes, dots, plaid, monogram, curly lines and geometric shapes.

Ties also became wider again after the war. During this decade, neckties ranged from a standard 3.5-inch to 5-inch wide tie. Bow ties were still worn during this 1940s, but were less popular.

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Accessories were crucial to the dapper gentlemen throughout the decade. Hats and shoes didn’t change all that much in 1940s men’s fashion. The much-loved Fedora still remained to be the head wear of choice. In fact, it was worn by everyone from businessmen to gangsters. Even President Roosevelt wore the strong, stylish hat. The classic wingtip that rose into popularity in the 1920s was still worn by men even after the war broke out.

Belt and suspenders were also worn during this decade. Suspenders were especially popular during the war since all the leather used to make belts went to the war effort.  However, the sales of suspenders greatly declined over the decade.

When it comes to accessories, a pair of wingtip shoes, fedora hat, pocket square, belt and a good necktie is all you need to complete your look.



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Men’s fashion is definitely going places. From corporate powerhouse to street style, there are endless styles that they can adopt and totally nail them. The best part is that they don’t even have to be a pro in acing the fashion department. Inspired by these stylist men, these tips will give you a low-down on ‘looking like a million bucks’. Take a look:

  • Go through catalogs – Imagine buying an expensive shirt to work, only to find that the trend is straight out of last season! In a situation like this, your money gets wasted and you end up adding one more outfit to your wardrobe, in which you don’t want to be caught dead! A simple solution to this is to go through the latest catalogs of menswear. They are available easily and all you need to do, is to get hold of a few of them.

Another alternative is to browse through “lookbooks” available online, which will give you, your daily dose of the latest fashion trends for men. Make it a habit to go through the catalogs or lookbooks regularly to get an idea about various combinations to try, ways to wear different items of clothing and so on and so forth.

  • Don’t buy ill-fitting clothes (or shoes) – One of the basic mistakes that a lot of men make is to try and force-fit in jackets, suits, shirts, coats and even shoes. This is a strict no-no. Not only will the ill-fitting clothes make you feel uncomfortable, but also ruin the entire look.

If you are clueless about different kind of fits that you must try or how to buy an outfit that will fit you the best, you can always refer to fitting guides. Also, when you go shopping, don’t be in a hurry and make sure that you purchase clothes and shoes that are of the perfect size for you. Neither too small, nor too big.

  • Leave that comfort zone – Afraid to experiment with style? It is high time that you step out of your comfort zone and give your wardrobe a somewhat, if not complete, makeover. For instance, if you favor dark colored suits over light colored ones, then try buying the latter when you go shopping. In the same way, you can experiment with different prints and patterns, fabrics, cuts, colors and so on and so forth, which were never ‘your cup of tea’. With this step, you’ll realize that you too can carry off one of those looks that fashion models sport. Trust me, even a tiny change in your wardrobe is going to be worth it and you will be astonished at the results!
  • Never get rid of wardrobe essentials – Every guy should have some basic items of clothing in his wardrobe. In no particular order, these are –
  • Plain jeans, preferably dark in color.
  • A pair of khaki and olive green trousers.
  • A pair of gray, black and navy blue chinos.
  • White button-down shirts.
  • V-neck or crew neck sweaters.
  • A full suit.
  • Crew and V-neck t-shirts.
  • Leather shoes and belts.
  • A leather jacket.

On days when you are feeling particularly lazy and don’t want to spend much thought on what you are going to wear, these staples in your wardrobe will come to your rescue. After all, there is nothing that can beat classic style trends.

  • Wear the same thing differently – One of the most common tips that work for both men’s and women’s fashion is – wearing the same piece of the outfit in different ways. For instance, you can wear a well-fitted suit in more ways than you can imagine (and save some extra bucks). To begin with, choose from men’s bespoke suits and follow these pointers:
  • Wear the complete set of the suit and add a tie, a pocket square or both, to look dapper at any formal occasion.
  • Mix and match the suit with trouser from another suit. This way, you can wear all those expensive suits in your wardrobe on more than one occasion.
  • For a casual look, team up the suit with a crew cut t-shirt and sneakers.
  • A V-neck sweater over a button-down shirt is another combination that you can try with your favorite suit. Pair it up with Oxfords to complete the look.
  • A Polo shirt paired with your suit and a pair of jeans is the best outfit when you want to go for a semi-formal look.
  • Opt for a classic look with a white button-down shirt and jeans. Wear it with your suit and leather shoes. Don’t forget your favorite aviator sunglasses to complete the look!
  • Invest in good quality shoes – Shoes say a lot about your personality. This is the reason why, you need to invest in shoes that are of top-notch quality. Don’t settle for cheap fakes or rip-offs of top brands as they are made from materials that tend to wear and tear easily, leaving you in an embarrassing situation and making you buy more shoes year after year. Take your pick from some of the best shoes that should be a staple in your wardrobe.

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  • Accessorize like a boss – Nothing speaks luxury like an elegant timepiece. It is a status symbol, and also, an heirloom. And because we are talking fashion here, investing in a wristwatch from one of the top watchmakers will make the outfit appear more elegant. The same can be said for other accessories, which may not be as expensive as the watch but are still an integral part of every man’s wardrobe. These include but are not limited to – ties, handkerchiefs, cufflinks, belts and even hats that complement the look.

To Conclude

Men’s fashion is getting the attention it deserves. This is a good time to experiment with your style and make the most of it and end up looking dapper every time. Cheers!

With the holidays just around the corners, dudes everywhere may find themselves in need to put on something fancier than usual. While casual is the king of fashion (with its smart-casual variation for the office and so on), a dude in his 20s and 30s rarely has any time – or interest – in actually dressing up on the more elegant side of things. Formal fashion and suit outfits are known to be quite expensive as well, but we decided to show you it doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Here are our top 5 Mad Men inspired fashion items you should consider for all the season’s parties.

1. The H2H Formal Business Vest

H2H vest for men

With this top, you can look professional and cool without much effort. Just go to the online store, pick out the color combo that would suit you best, get the item and pull it on over a basic shirt and tie. Any shirt and tie will do, even if they’re the only ones you actually have in your wardrobe. To keep your style cool, you can wear it with suit pants and a sleek hairstyle, or even go a little wild and pair it with suit shorts or some slim jeans. You can get this H2H vest for about $35 on Amazon.

2. FlatSeven Slim Fit Casual Blazer Jacket

flatseven slim fit casual blazer jacket

A blazer makes an ideal top coat for winter and the cold season in general, if you don’t live in an extremely cold area and travel mostly by car, as we all tend to. If you choose one which is also slim fitted, you’ll avoid the dreary look of a boy in his dad’s oversized suit, and look relaxed and cool instead, just the way that Mad Med inspired fashion items are supposed to make you look. Forget the parkas and sports jackets: this is touch of elegance that just ups the game instead of dampening it. You can find the FlatSeven Slim Fit Blazer in plenty of color options, some quite daring, on Amazon, for $79.00 to $99.00.

3. A Black Top Hat (from Kangaroo)

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If you’ve experimented with Fedoras before on your smart-casual outfits, then a top hat is just a step away. Dare to amp up your game and your style for the season’s coming parties and all eyes will be on you if you accessorize this hat to a mostly dark-toned outfit and you wear it with confidence. You can find it for under $10 on Amazon in this season’s sales.

4. TheLees Casual Slim Fit Dress Shirts for Men

thelees casual slim fit dress shirt

A dress shirt is the ideal shirt to be worn with any suit, vest, formal pants or jeans, underneath a cardigan or directly underneath your coat and so on. The slim fit cut brings this classic Mad Men inspired fashion item to the contemporary style vibes, and makes you look great no matter what your build is. You can find the shirt in a variety of colors for about $25 on Amazon.

5. A Pair of CTM Men’s Suspenders

CTM black suspenders for men

Nothing says elegant but ready to party at the same time like a pair of black suspenders (preferably over a light-colored shirt for extra contrast). Wear a bow tie over the shirt as well and you’ll be the coolest-looking dude at the gathering. Of all the Mad Men inspired fashion items for men, suspenders are definitely the coolest. You can find the CTM suspenders in various color options on Amazon for as low as $5 to $17 (the lower price available for a few options).

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