1950s Men Wear
Likemen's fashion in the 1920sbefore it, 1950s men’s wear saw a postwar clothing revolution that changedfashion permanently, particularly in adolescents. However, “grease” was far less the word than you mightthink, especially in the early years of the decade.
The standard gray suit was worn by all 1950s businessmen.
Conformity in 1950s Men’s Wear
If you look at movies and TV shows of the era, what you mostly see is the businessman look – the grayflannelsuit. Dark blue, dark brown and charcoal were the colors of a man’s office suit, whether he was alowly office grunt or head of the company. For much of the 1950s, conformity was the order of the day. Thepostwar years were exciting and booming, but the Cold War and the fears wrought by nuclear weapons andthe McCarthy Red-baiting drove a conservative movement in clothing. Everyone wanted to look like a goodAmerican, which meant they all looked alike.While women’s clothes gained reams of fabric in longer, fuller skirts and dresses, men’s clothes weresimpler than the suits of the 1940s. Gone were shoulder pads and most double-breasted suits. Jackets and
trousers were shorter, although there was still a lot of fabric in the trouser legs.Tieswere slightly slimmer and shirt collars less pronounced. Everyone still wore a hat, of course, but the brims were considerablynarrower than the fedoras sported from the 1920s on.
The boom times of the 1950s meant that the hard-working businessman could enjoy more leisure. Hawaiianpatterns and the ever-popular cowboy style influenced leisure shirts. The loafer shoe was becoming popular for loafing around. Nevertheless, trousers worn in one’s off time were mostly just a variant on business wear,