Whether you are a gent who loves to dress in 1940’s vintage style everyday, or just for re-enactment events; getting a mens 40s costume just right is a huge obsession for any vintage fanatic, so we are here to help! We have a wide range of 1940’s men’s fashion on our online store for you to have a look through. If your husband, dad or friend loves the 1940's, perhaps you may find the ideal gift for Christmas!
We have put together a few style recommendations for any 1940's and wartime enthusiasts who are looking for a bit of inspiration to get the complete look.
Suits were very plain in style due to the shortage of materials during the war, however this did not detract from their smart appearance. During the war, suit jackets were often single-breasted and trousers did not feature any pleats or fancy detailing in order to remain respectful to those who were away fighting in the war. Colours were usually in muted tones such as greys, blacks and browns plus pinstripe were a common choice.
Once the war was over in 1945, double-breasted suit jackets and wide legged trousers became available and became a greater fashion statement than what was worn previously.
Here are a few examples of single and double breasted suit jackets and trousers that we have in stock:
Finish off your suit with the perfect accessory...a pair of cufflinks. We have some really beautiful designs in stock in many novelty designs. Below, we have a few of our 1940's designed Spitfire and ambulance cufflinks which are perfectly unique for your vintage suit:
Casual: Knitted Tank Tops and Collarless Shirts
We have a range of knitted tank-top styles in stock that are 1940’s in style and perfect to wear to a re-enactment event. These were often worn casually with collarless shirts when dressing down for a bit of relaxation or working at home. We have a number of tank-tops and collarless shirts in all sizes within our online store:
Braces were worn with either smart or casual trousers and were usually patterned with striped detailing. They feature button loops which are made of leather and often came in tan, brown or black colours. Here are a few that we have in stock:
Expanding Sleeve Holder
Do you have a shirt, where the sleeves keep rolling down and you just want them to stay up? Now you can with these expanding sleeve holders, which come in their very own display box!
Hats were a very popular accessory for both men and women in the 1940s; and the Fedora a type of wide brimmed Trilby was the most commonly worn for men. Featuring a 2.5/3 inch brim and a pinched crown, Fedora hats are still worn today due to their timeless look. Sometimes, their style ranged from grosgrain ribbons around the brim to feathers in the hat band. Check out a few of our very own. We have plenty to choose from whatever colour of your outfit:
Men’s hairstyles in the 1940’s were very classic short and sleek , they have gained popularity again more recently. Military life often influenced the way in which the hair was cut and men usually sported a short back and sides style with a middle or side parting. Hollywood actors such as Cary Grant may also have been an influence with their slicked back, absolutely immaculate styles.
Hurrah! Now you are up to scratch to sport your 1940's look for everyday wear or to a 1940's wartime event. If you are interested in attending 1940's re-enactment events, why not check out Rod's 1940's calandar and see if there is anything happening near you? They run all year round, so don't miss out!
Leave a comment if you'd like to...we'd love to know if we have given you a bit of 1940s inspiration!