WITH THE popularity of swing dancing and ’40s music in full swi…um, force these days, many guys are curious about what well-dressed men wore in the 1940s and how to reproduce that look today.
The information here is from a 1945 booklet put out by Stetson, which gives a few ideas for pulling it all together. It’s so very appropriate that these suggestions come from Stetson, because as you will see, the 1940s look just ain’t happenin’ without that chapeau!
Back in the 1940s, people dressed up a lot more than they do now, even for everyday events that would call for tennis shoes, a sports shirt and jeans or khakis today. So keep this in mind when looking at these clothes. While most of the ideas suggested here might be a bit too dressy for going out dancing, it’s helpful to see how the elements go together so that you can pull off your own special look. Most of these outfits would be perfectly appropriate for a party, a vintage event, a wedding or other dressy social function. Or, without the hat, the clothes can be great for the office, depending on what you do for a living. If you’re in a swing band, well…you already know what to wear.