1920s MEN’S WEAR

[Reigate Borough Carnival] (1926; 1927)
[Reigate Borough Carnival] (1926; 1927)

There was much less dramatic change in men’s styles over the decade than for women. Suits were worn for everyday wear by all classes and generally were either a wool jacket and trousers with turn-ups or a three-piece suit with matching waistcoat.

The middle and upper classes tended to wear trilby or bowler hats, while the working classes wore flat caps or baker boy style hats. Two-tone shoes or brogues were the popular choice of shoe during the decade.

Eveningwear for upper class men consisted of slim-fitting trousers, a waistcoat, a white shirt with an attached winged collar, a white bow tie and white gloves. Eveningwear etiquette also required a tailcoat that would be worn with a top hat and black patent leather shoes. Working class men would save their ‘best’ suit for Sunday wear.

There were also a variety of retailers where men could purchase their clothes. They could buy from department stores and there were also gentlemen’s outfitters, which like the Madam shops, knew their clientele well. Working class men could buy clothing from multiple chain stores such as Burtons and mail order catalogues.