Men’s Edwardian 1910s Historical Fashion and Clothing Guide

Dressing a man in the 1910’s, during the Edwardian fashion era, is not very different from today. There are, however a few details which separate historical from modern.

The Sack Suit

Titanic Suit day wear

Edwardian Mens Day Suits

For starters, Men wore Sack suits. These were long, plain, loose fitting (some might say baggy) suit jackets with wide lapels and a one to three button closure. Modern suits are similar but usually shorter in length and fitted. Sacks suits were usually 30-32 inches long (down to mid thigh) and either single or double breasted. Color choices were dark navy, grey, green and occasionally brown. Fabrics were all wool with hints of striping, checks and plaid. The jacket could hang with straight opening edges or rounded. The overall look was a box shape jacket with pants with roomy hips and legs that hung straight down to the ankles,  tapered slightly and were cuffed at the bottom (a drastic change from pre- 1900’s very narrow, tapered legs.) A typical ankle opening was 16 inches.

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1917 Men’s Suit with Straw Boater Hat

When choosing a suit the editors of the Men’s Togs Catalog of 1910 warn buyers “In selecting a fashion, however, careful consideration should be given to the fact that extreme novelty styles are suitable only for young men, and that double-breasted styles look best on slender forms. Corpulent men should adhere strictly to stripe effects in fabrics.”

TIP: Some modern suits can double as Edwardian. If it is long, straight, plain and comes with a matching high cut vest and pants then it’s probably ok. Order one size up for a more Edwardian sack suit “baggy look.”

A matching waistcoat or vest, with or without lapels, was worn under the suit. The vest cut was mid chest, at the lowest, to be seen under the jacket.

Under the vest was a basic day shirt. These, like modern dress shirts, were light colors of whites, greys, and subtle striping. Shirt fronts have a “yoke” bib style (similar to a modern formal tux shirt.) Collars could be wing tip, pointed, or round club collar. Club collars are my favorite for this time period, even though they are difficult to find in the US.

Edwardina mens round collar shirt

Club Collar

TIP: You can turn a pointed collar shirt into a club collar by cutting off the points to a rounded edge. This works better on some shirts then others. I suggest picking up a few at thrift stores and trying to cut them. To prevent the cut edges from fraying use a “Fray Stop” available at fabric and craft stores or clear nail polish if your in a hurry.

 

The Shoes

mens Titanic boot shoesMoving on we look at shoes. Here is where we start to see major differences in style. Men could choose between three types of shoes, largely depending on where the shoes were going to be worn.

Boots were designed for heavy walking and were usually worn for traveling, business and labor jobs. They were not ugly or bland. They were often two tone with the upper half white like a shoe spats, or a lighter color then the sole. Laces laced half way up and then switched to loop and hooks for the remainder of the height. The toes were pointed and the arches were high.

TIP: Stacy Adams make an Edwardian Style Cap Toe Spat Boot (pictures above in brown) and it is very close an original style. Two-toned with upper “spat” style. It doesn’t have the high arch- but that is next to impossible to find- so this is as close as you can get from a modern shoe.

mens edwardian shoes

Toe Cap Oxford Shoes

The next option for business wear was the oxford. These are very similar to men’s dress shoes today. Single tone and a few two-tones were starting to enter the fashion scene. Arches were also quite high. Spats were worn over the shoe to bridge the gap between shoe and trouser.

Edwardian men's Formal Day wear

Men’s Formal Day Attire

Finally, formal attire might invite a man to wear “Pumps.” Ok you can stop laughing now. Yes men’s shoes were called “Pumps.” They look like a cross between a men’s oxford and a modern women’s low-heeled flats. They had the details of an oxford with a high arch and 1-2 inch thick heel. The uppercut was shaped low around the ankle.

To complete all Men’s Edwardian shoes you need laces. Thin string laces were not part of fashion yet. Instead, shoes and boots were laced with ½ wide silk ribbon and tied in a bow. Yes, bows by modern standards appear “feminine.” That was the style then and men felt dressed appropriately in them.

Read more about Edwardian men’s Boots and Shoes. Shop for mens shoes here.

Gloves and Hats

Men always wore gloves. Common colors were white, grey or tan and they often matched the neck wear. Bow ties, neckties and cravat ties were worn depending on the time of day. Cravets made ideal day wear while thin bowties were required for formal evening wear. Dark neckties gradually became accepted after 1914.

titanic day hat

Homburg hat

Topping a man with a hat was the last bit of fashion a well-dressed Edwardian man needed. Felt derbies or bowlers and homburgs were acceptable day wear while silk top hats were worn for formal occasions. Sportsmen wore flat caps, also called Ivy, cab driver, or Newsboy hats. These were 8 panel styles that were more “floppy” then most modern flat caps. The summer months brought out straw boaters and skimmers and the pricey straw panama was for traveling.

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Your Edwardian Look

Edwardian 1910's suit

Edwardian Suit from Thift Store Finds

1917 Men's Summer Suit with Straw Boater Hat

1917 Men’s Summer Suit with Straw Boater Hat

For a really authentic looking Edwardian suit you may need to custom order one. However, you can also piece one together from thrift stores clothing with a little creativity. Here is how I came up with Oscar’s suit pictured on the right.

First was a basic brown tweed suit jacket probably made in the 1970’s. Since they didn’t come with matching pants we found these 1970’s brown wool pants. Next came another 1970’s vest with brown leather covered buttons. Under the vest is a basic white dress shirt with the pointed collar rounded out to look like a club collar. The tie is a western Victorian style thin black self tie tie. A black bowler tops his head and standard brown dress shoes cover his feet. Pretty easy, right?

Need help finding Edwardian clothes? Check out Victorian Men’s Clothing Shop and Edwardian men’s Clothing shop for what I have found online: shoes, hats, suits, etc below:

Cool Black Full Length Buttons Jazz Cloth Mens Steampunk Coat
 

Cool Black Full Length Buttons Jazz Cloth Mens Steampunk Coat

$74.99

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Popular Gray Cotton Mens Steampunk Trousers
 

Popular Gray Cotton Mens Steampunk Trousers

$40.99

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Madison Stacy Adams Madison 00026 Mens Cap Toe Spat Boot
 

Madison Stacy Adams Madison 00026 Mens Cap Toe Spat Boot

$130.00

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Madison Stacy Adams Madison 00044 Mens Cap Toe Dress Boot
 

Madison Stacy Adams Madison 00044 Mens Cap Toe Dress Boot

$135.00

Buy at: Stacy Adams

Canes and Walking Sticks - The Saddle Top Finna Walking Stick
 

Canes and Walking Sticks - The Saddle Top Finna Walking Stick

$250.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Derby Hat
 

Derby Hat

$90.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Stetson Fur Felt Dress Hat - The Homburg
 

Stetson Fur Felt Dress Hat - The Homburg

$235.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

1890s Bollman Collection Bowler
 

1890s Bollman Collection Bowler

$100.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Chaplin Panama Bowler
 

Chaplin Panama Bowler

$137.50

Buy at: Hats.com

1900s Bollman Collection Homburg
 

1900s Bollman Collection Homburg

$100.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Godfather Homburg
 

Godfather Homburg

$90.00

Buy at: Hats.com

1880s Bollman Collection Topper
 

1880s Bollman Collection Topper

$100.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Black Lapel Full Length Buttons Pockets Jazz Cloth Mens Steampunk Swallowtail Coat
 

Black Lapel Full Length Buttons Pockets Jazz Cloth Mens Steampunk Swallowtail Coat

$74.99

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Dark Brown Lapel Full Length Buttons Mens Steampunk Coat
 

Dark Brown Lapel Full Length Buttons Mens Steampunk Coat

$74.99

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Cozy White Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men
 

Cozy White Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men

$50.99

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Cool White Black Strips Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men
 

Cool White Black Strips Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men

$41.99

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Handsome White Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men
 

Handsome White Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men

$51.99

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Modern Black Cotton Mens Steampunk Trousers
 

Modern Black Cotton Mens Steampunk Trousers

$40.99

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Gentle Floral Jacquard Cloth White Steampunk Waistcoat
 

Gentle Floral Jacquard Cloth White Steampunk Waistcoat

$51.99

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Popular Khaki Cotton Fabrics Mens Steampunk Trouser
 

Popular Khaki Cotton Fabrics Mens Steampunk Trouser

$40.99

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Popular Camel Cotton Fabrics Mens Steampunk Trousers
 

Popular Camel Cotton Fabrics Mens Steampunk Trousers

$44.99

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Quality Black Lapel Buttons Jazz Cloth Mens Steampunk Coat
 

Quality Black Lapel Buttons Jazz Cloth Mens Steampunk Coat

$74.99

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Popular Offwhite Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men
 

Popular Offwhite Cotton Long Sleeves Steampunk Shirt For Men

$50.99

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Gentle White Jacquard Cloth Steampunk Waistcoat
 

Gentle White Jacquard Cloth Steampunk Waistcoat

$49.99

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Vintage Black Jacquard Floral Steampunk Waistcoat
 

Vintage Black Jacquard Floral Steampunk Waistcoat

$50.99

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Fabulous Black Lapel Buttons Jazz Cloth Velvet Trim Mens Full Length Steampunk Coat
 

Fabulous Black Lapel Buttons Jazz Cloth Velvet Trim Mens Full Length Steampunk Coat

$74.99

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Fashion Full Length Steampunk Swallowtail Costume for Men
 

Fashion Full Length Steampunk Swallowtail Costume for Men

$74.99

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Formal Black Jazz Cloth Double-breasted Mens Tailcoat
 

Formal Black Jazz Cloth Double-breasted Mens Tailcoat

$74.99

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Handsome Dark Green Jazz Cloth Double-breasted Mens Tailcoat
 

Handsome Dark Green Jazz Cloth Double-breasted Mens Tailcoat

$74.99

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Black Tailcoat Costume
 

Black Tailcoat Costume

$65.99

Buy at: Halloween Express

White Gloves
 

White Gloves

$1.49

Buy at: Birthday Express

Regimental Guard Stripe Bow Tie
 

Regimental Guard Stripe Bow Tie

$59.50

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Slim fit dinner suit vest
 

Slim fit dinner suit vest

$120.00

Buy at: Charles Tyrwhitt

100% Wool Six-Button Notch Lapel Suit Separate Vest
 

100% Wool Six-Button Notch Lapel Suit Separate Vest

$90.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Grey wool Morning suit vest
 

Grey wool Morning suit vest

$160.00

Buy at: Charles Tyrwhitt

Sherlock Holmes Pipe
 

Sherlock Holmes Pipe

$10.79

Buy at: Halloween Express

Classic Black Cotton Mens Steampunk Trousers
 

Classic Black Cotton Mens Steampunk Trousers

$40.99

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Popular Long Charcoal Grey Jazz Cloth Swallow-tailed Steampunk Coat For Men
 

Popular Long Charcoal Grey Jazz Cloth Swallow-tailed Steampunk Coat For Men

$67.99

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Gray Stripe Pure Cotton Men's Modern Steampunk Shirts
 

Gray Stripe Pure Cotton Men's Modern Steampunk Shirts

$40.99

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Stacy Adams Madison Cap Toe Boot Brown
 

Stacy Adams Madison Cap Toe Boot Brown

$134.95

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Velvet Five-Button Shawl Collar Paisley Vest
 

Velvet Five-Button Shawl Collar Paisley Vest

$50.00

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100% Wool Double Breasted Shawl Collar Herringbone Vest
 

100% Wool Double Breasted Shawl Collar Herringbone Vest

$70.00

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100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Houndstooth Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Houndstooth Vest

$100.00

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100% Wool Tartan Plaid Notch Lapel Vest
 

100% Wool Tartan Plaid Notch Lapel Vest

$45.00

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Black Tonal Paisley Vest
 

Black Tonal Paisley Vest

$135.00

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Buff wool Morning suit waistcoat
 

Buff wool Morning suit waistcoat

£79.00

Buy at: Charles Tyrwhitt LLP (UK)

Slim fit dinner suit waistcoat
 

Slim fit dinner suit waistcoat

£69.00

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Grey wool Morning suit waistcoat
 

Grey wool Morning suit waistcoat

£79.00

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Navy British Panama Slim fit luxury suit waistcoat
 

Navy British Panama Slim fit luxury suit waistcoat

£89.00

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Silver grey British Panama Classic fit luxury suit waistcoat
 

Silver grey British Panama Classic fit luxury suit waistcoat

£89.00

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Canvas Spats
 

Canvas Spats

$26.99

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Rangewear by Scully Traveler Shirt
 

Rangewear by Scully Traveler Shirt

$46.00

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Rangewear by Scully High Collar Bib Front Shirt
 

Rangewear by Scully High Collar Bib Front Shirt

$52.00

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Rangewear by Scully Zigzag Striped Shirt - Big & Tall
 

Rangewear by Scully Zigzag Striped Shirt - Big & Tall

$56.00

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Rangewear by Scully Traditional Old West Town Coat
 

Rangewear by Scully Traditional Old West Town Coat

$139.99

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Rangewear by Scully Frock Coat
 

Rangewear by Scully Frock Coat

$172.00

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Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Vest
 

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Vest

$80.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Jacket
 

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Jacket

$190.00

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100% Cotton Seersucker Two-Button Notch Lapel Suit Separate Jacket
 

100% Cotton Seersucker Two-Button Notch Lapel Suit Separate Jacket

$100.00

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Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Flat Front Suit Separate Pants
 

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Flat Front Suit Separate Pants

$80.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

2-Button Seersucker Tailored Fit Suit Extended Sizes
 

2-Button Seersucker Tailored Fit Suit Extended Sizes

$118.50

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Stays Cool 2-Button Seersucker Suit with Plain Front Trousers
 

Stays Cool 2-Button Seersucker Suit with Plain Front Trousers

$118.50

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

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