The 1920s New York gangster trend is slowly creeping back into men’s fashion yet again since Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2008 – 2009 collections.
Like Mad Men, which gave us 60s style, Scorsese’s series “Boardwalk Empire” gives us mouth-watering costumes with fanatical attention to the 1920s period.
Within this brilliant Prohibition-era storyline is a sartorial phenomenon just waiting to explode. 1920s New York gangster digs is a look that designers are sure to take on this season, making it a trend to look out for.
Lisa Padovani and John Dunn’s made-in-the-USA wool suits and hand-beaded gowns are going to be distracting viewers for some time to come.
The 1920s brought fashion and style that was as unique as the events that unfolded during this war era. Flapper style of the Roaring Twenties, zoot suits and gangsters, The Dust Bowl and the Western cowboy are all influences evident in men’s fashion of the 1920s.
Fashion must haves in every man’s wardrobe entailed the top hat, tail coat, bow tie and patent leather shoes. Wing tip shoes were also very popular at the time (commonly in white/tan or white/black). Gatsby was the prime example of a fashionable man in the 1920′s. It was more important that men wore the right color of shoes with their suit then what style they were.
Daytime events required less formal attire, such as the sack suit (which consisted of jacket and slacks in matching fabrics), worn with colored shirts and silk ties in small geometric patterns.
Informal men’s clothing of this time consisted of baggy pants (called Oxford pants), pullover sweaters and soft caps or fedora hats (which actually dates back from 1882, but only became popular in the 20′s).
Double breasted suits also became very popular during the 20′s, which was adopted by gangsters at that time. Gangsters often wore bold color shirts, wide stripesuits and bright plaids, making 20′s fashion their own.
Movies to draw inspiration from for this look includes The Untouchables, Public Enemy, Oscar with Sly Stallone, American Gangster, Once Upon a Time in America and The Last Man Standing.