What We Can Learn from the Tailoring of the Roaring Twenties

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The Roaring Twenties is remembered as a time of celebration and excess. In many parts of society there was a general mood of exuberance after the end of the first world war, and this was reflected in social activities as well as style. 

What are the Roaring Twenties known for?

When we think of the 1920s we typically think of fantastic images such as The Great Gatsby or glamorous flapper girls and gangsters. Gentlemen in this time period still dressed very formally as standard, and tailoring was part of the everyday wardrobe for most of them. 

The twenties saw lots of technological advances including the radio, the instant camera and the jukebox. The automobile industry also really took off during this time. Socially, the Bright Young Things were having a whale of a time. Nightclubs and jazz clubs were very popular, as were the cocktails that were served in them! 

What was the fashion of the period?

Gentlemen were often seen in three piece suits. Wool was popular in tailoring, as were checks, stripes and houndstooth prints. In addition to their waistcoat, jacket and trousers, gentlemen often accessorised with pocket watches, hats and brightly coloured ties.

Tailoring was typically heavier weight than it is today, although it was still lighter than it had ever been before! 

What style lessons can we learn from the Roaring Twenties?

The popular vintage style suits of today typically take their slim fit from 1920s style fashion. If you’re hoping to pay homage to the gentlemen of this period, you may want to opt for a three piece suit instead of a two piece. And of course; you mustn’t forget the accessories! 

Want more advice on how to wear vintage styles with aplomb? Take a look at our tips on pulling off a retro tailoring style