Easy 1920s Mens Fashion: Summer Sport Clothing

 

From the Duke Yearbook

Looking for an easy 1920s mens fashion outfit? You can put together a casual 1920’s Men’s sporting outfit with items from your closet or local thrift store. Here is how:

 

What you need:

1. Plain, plaid, check, or tweed pants and suit jacket (optional)
2.Long Sleeve stripe shirt with white-collar
3. Knit vest or wool suit vest
4. Flat / Ivy cap or boater hat
5. Accessories-  Bow Tie, Hat, Shoes

The 1920’s Sportsman

1920s mens fashion trousers pantsIn the 1920’s men and women began to experience leisure time with the newly created work “weekends.” With the free time came a new enjoyment for outdoor sports such as tennis, golf, and sailing. Sport clothes had to be comfortable, easy to move in, and still stylish for the middle to upper class men that played them.

1920s mens knickers costumesThe 1920s sportsmen’s clothes consisted of light colored baggy pants or even baggier plus fours. Plus fours also know as knickers caped off just below the knee with longer argyle socks covering the rest of the leg. Pants would be white or off white for tennis and sailing or bold patterns of checks and plaids for golf.

Tip: To quickly make plus fours take baggy pants and a piece of elastic. Tie the elastic around the pant cuffs just below the knee and fluff the pants over. Be sure you don’t tie it too tight and cut off your circulation. For ready made golf knickers shop at http://www.golfknickers.com/

Aris Allen Men's Brown Wide Leg Pant Not Hemmed
Aris Allen Men’s Brown Wide Leg Pant
Long pants can be worn too. Light colors are best for summer with wide legs and cuffed hems. Thick and thin stripes, tweed, herringbone pattern pants were all the rage. 1920’s pants were held up very high on the waist with button on suspenders. Belts were just starting to come into fashion but not very common yet. To get pants to fit high up buy an extra size or two up. Modern golf pants are both baggy and usually higher waisted then other mens suit pants. Vintage pants from the 1970’s can also be quite nice just avoid any with bell bottom legs.

1920s Mens Sport Shirts

1920s mens fashion shirts

1920s Striped Shirts

1920’s men especially liked striped shirts– white/blue, white/yellow, and white/pink were popular combinations. Shirts were always long sleeve (yes, even in summer) and usually had white cuffs and collars.
mens 1920s vestPrior to the 1920s it was improper to be out in public without a jacket. Wearing only a shirt was unacceptable however knit sweaters became a new approved fashion trend. Long sleeve sweaters, short sleeves sweaters, and sweater vests were worn over dress shirts for a casual sporty look. Enjoy this new freedom by wearing a light colored suit vest or chunky knit sweater vest. For a collegiate look put a large letter on the front or lower right side of the sweater.

1920s Mens Fashion Accessories

mens 1920s bow tie 1920s mens fashionNeckties and bow ties in bold colors of thick stripes and dots with matching pocket squares/handkerchiefs were the two accessories that allowed for a lot of color. Have fun with your selection and if possible buy a self tie bow tie and learn to tie it. It will look better then a pre-tied bow tie.
1920s mens fashion cap gatsby hatThe best part of 1920s mens fashion were the hats. Summer hats could be straw boaters, panamas or flat caps. Flat caps, also called Ivy caps, Cab driver caps, Big apple caps, Newsboy caps and slew of other names were the choice hat worn in the 1920’s by all classes of men. Even the Great Gatsby wore a white cap to his summer parties. These hats should be easy to find locally or online. The baggier style “newsboy” caps are the most authentic to 1920’s caps.

1940's men's shoes 1920s mens fashion two tone shoes

 

1920s shoes took a fun shift into two tones lace up oxfords. Brown and white for day wear and black and white for evening wear were popular for the wealthy. Golf shoes are still made in two tones otherwise you may have to special order them online. It’s the one fashion splurge that is worth it to make this outfit look VERY 1920s vintage.

More 1920s Outfits:

1920s Summer Suits- The Great Gatsby Look

1920s Mens Gangster Suits – Striped Suits for Bootlegging Men

Shopping Advice

If you don’t have these clothes already in your closet I recommend heading to your nearest thrift store or department store. Most of these items can be found locally. The following clothes are new clothes with a 1920s look and feel to them. Supplement your outfit or piece together a whole new wardrobe with these options.

1920s Bollman Collection Fedora
 

1920s Bollman Collection Fedora

$100.00

Buy at: Hats.com

1920's Dot Bow Tie
 

1920's Dot Bow Tie

$59.50

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

1920s Style Mens Plaid Summer Suit
 

1920s Style Mens Plaid Summer Suit

$180.00

Buy at: Stacy Adams

Signature Gold 2-Button Wool Suit- Tan Plaid
 

Signature Gold 2-Button Wool Suit- Tan Plaid

$208.60

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Signature Gold 2-Button Wool Suit- Blue/Grey Fashion Plaid
 

Signature Gold 2-Button Wool Suit- Blue/Grey Fashion Plaid

$271.60

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Big and Tall Tallia Orange Formal 3-Pc Chalk Stripe Suit
 

Big and Tall Tallia Orange Formal 3-Pc Chalk Stripe Suit

$748.00

Buy at: Destination XL

2-Button Seersucker Tailored Fit Suit
 

2-Button Seersucker Tailored Fit Suit

$118.50

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Sharkskin Skinny Suit
 

Sharkskin Skinny Suit

$149.90

Buy at: Stacy Adams

Banker Stripe 3 PC. Men's Suit - Black(shown) - 42L
 

Banker Stripe 3 PC. Men's Suit - Black(shown) - 42L

$299.00

Buy at: Womensuits.com

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Suit Total Comfort 2-Button Navy Stripe Wool
 

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Suit Total Comfort 2-Button Navy Stripe Wool

$389.99

Buy at: macys.com

Golf Pants Work Great as 1920s Style Mens Pants
 

Golf Pants Work Great as 1920s Style Mens Pants

$37.50

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

JB Stetson Cap - The Hatteras Linen Newsboy
 

JB Stetson Cap - The Hatteras Linen Newsboy

$125.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

1900s Bollman Collection Homburg
 

1900s Bollman Collection Homburg

$100.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Chaplin Panama Bowler
 

Chaplin Panama Bowler

$137.50

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

Wigens Ivy Cap - The Harris Tweed Hans Ivy
 

Wigens Ivy Cap - The Harris Tweed Hans Ivy

$90.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

1890s Bollman Collection Bowler
 

1890s Bollman Collection Bowler

$100.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Indiana Jones Fur Felt Fedora - The Texas Indy
 

Indiana Jones Fur Felt Fedora - The Texas Indy

$90.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Biltmore Fur Felt Derby - The Winston
 

Biltmore Fur Felt Derby - The Winston

$195.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Bailey Cashlux Fedora - The Benny
 

Bailey Cashlux Fedora - The Benny

$150.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Scala - Fedora WF536 (Men's) - Black
 

Scala - Fedora WF536 (Men's) - Black

$40.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Scala - Derby WF506 (Men's) - Charcoal
 

Scala - Derby WF506 (Men's) - Charcoal

$42.95

Buy at: Shoebuy.com

Godfather Homburg
 

Godfather Homburg

$90.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Bailey Cashlux Homburg - The Herbert
 

Bailey Cashlux Homburg - The Herbert

$143.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Men's Christys' London Fur Felt Bowler Hat - The Chaplin
 

Men's Christys' London Fur Felt Bowler Hat - The Chaplin

$295.00

Buy at: Hartford York

Makins Fur Felt Hat - The Olive Salome Homburg
 

Makins Fur Felt Hat - The Olive Salome Homburg

$125.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Stetson Fur Felt Fedora - The Degas
 

Stetson Fur Felt Fedora - The Degas

$156.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Bailey Cashlux Fedora - The Delbert
 

Bailey Cashlux Fedora - The Delbert

$138.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Men's Borsalino Beaver Fur Felt Fedora Hat - The Ultimo
 

Men's Borsalino Beaver Fur Felt Fedora Hat - The Ultimo

$477.00

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Makins Fur Felt Hat - The Dark Charcoal Salome Homburg
 

Makins Fur Felt Hat - The Dark Charcoal Salome Homburg

$162.50

Buy at: Hartford York, Fine Hats & Accessories

Derby Hat
 

Derby Hat

$90.00

Buy at: Hats.com

Larsey Cap Toe Shoe by Johnston & Murphy
 

Larsey Cap Toe Shoe by Johnston & Murphy

$135.00

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Boardwalk Empire Leather Wingtip Oxford Shoes
 

Boardwalk Empire Leather Wingtip Oxford Shoes

$554.00

Buy at: FORZIERI.com

Gangster Handmade Light Brown Italian Leather Wingtip Dress Shoes
 

Gangster Handmade Light Brown Italian Leather Wingtip Dress Shoes

$498.00

Buy at: FORZIERI.com

Big and Tall Allen Edmonds® Strand Cap-Toe Oxford Dress Shoes
 

Big and Tall Allen Edmonds® Strand Cap-Toe Oxford Dress Shoes

$385.00

Buy at: Destination XL

Boardwalk Empire Two-tone Wingtip Oxford Shoes
 

Boardwalk Empire Two-tone Wingtip Oxford Shoes

$630.00

Buy at: FORZIERI.com

Navy with White Dots Pre-Tied Bow Tie by Principessa Regale - Navy blue Silk
 

Navy with White Dots Pre-Tied Bow Tie by Principessa Regale - Navy blue Silk

$25.00

Buy at: Ties.com

Dots Woven Silk Pre-Tied Bow Tie
 

Dots Woven Silk Pre-Tied Bow Tie

$33.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Scoula Self Tie Bow Tie by Principessa Regale - Gold Silk
 

Scoula Self Tie Bow Tie by Principessa Regale - Gold Silk

$30.00

Buy at: Ties.com

Silk Satin Solid Suspenders
 

Silk Satin Solid Suspenders

$25.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Men's Mezlan 'Ranieri' Spectator Shoe
 

Men's Mezlan 'Ranieri' Spectator Shoe

$299.90

Buy at: NORDSTROM.com

100% Wool Flannel Windowpane Vest
 

100% Wool Flannel Windowpane Vest

$40.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Velvet Five-Button Shawl Collar Paisley Vest
 

Velvet Five-Button Shawl Collar Paisley Vest

$50.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Wool Double Breasted Shawl Collar Herringbone Vest
 

100% Wool Double Breasted Shawl Collar Herringbone Vest

$70.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Joseph 2 Button Wool Vested Suit with Plain Front Trousers
 

Joseph 2 Button Wool Vested Suit with Plain Front Trousers

$298.50

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

Cotton Sweater Argle Vest
 

Cotton Sweater Argle Vest

$22.97

Buy at: Jos. A. Bank

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

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

100% Cotton Velvet Six-Button Notch Lapel Pindot Vest
 

100% Cotton Velvet Six-Button Notch Lapel Pindot Vest

$50.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

John Lewis Micro Dot Tie
 

John Lewis Micro Dot Tie

£25.00

Buy at:

Solid Cream Linen & Cotton Double Breasted Suit
 

Solid Cream Linen & Cotton Double Breasted Suit

$320.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Solid Pearl Grey Pure Wool Suit
 

Solid Pearl Grey Pure Wool Suit

$320.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Cotton V-Neck Sweater Vest
 

100% Cotton V-Neck Sweater Vest

$60.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Check Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Check Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Stripe Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Stripe Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Plaid Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Plaid Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Houndstooth Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Houndstooth Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Windowpane Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Windowpane Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Vest
 

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Vest

$80.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Vest
 

100% Linen Six-Button Notch Lapel Vest

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Jacket
 

Stripe Seersucker Pure Cotton Suit Separate Jacket

$190.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

100% Cotton Seersucker Double-Breasted Peak-Lapel Suit Separate Jacket
 

100% Cotton Seersucker Double-Breasted Peak-Lapel Suit Separate Jacket

$100.00

Buy at: Paul Fredrick MenStyle

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