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December series – The 20’s (Bringing the outfit together)

So you’ve been following our 1920 series and want to prepare an outfit yourself. Here are a few outfits you can make from clothing readily available to you. How ‘easy’ depends on how much you want to spend. Thankfully GVS is one of the VERY FEW stores that carry the look to complete such an outfit and customise everything to your liking. We collected these costumes over a few years of looking so you don’t have to hunt.

 

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The working class

One of the easiest look to put together is the casual men’s style. The lower classes couldn’t afford the fancy 3-piece suits neither were they practical in labor-intensive jobs. Men simply wore pants, suspenders, vests, shirts, shoes and a hat. Where they pulled the look together was the plaid tones and patterns.

The pants

Flat fronted, high waist pants has a classic look to it with a wide width leg which can be found whilst customizing your GVS order, otherwise very hard to find.

From $129 at GVS, shop HERE.

The vest

Find a coordinating vest, the pattern doesn’t have to match perfectly but colors should not clash. 20s vests had lapels on them and were usually buttoned up high on the chest.

From $99 at GVS, shop HERE.

The shirt

Either a white or striped shirt can be worn with or without collar. Roll up the sleeves for a working class look. Your shoes should be basic, plain, lace up, oxfords that can be bought through GVS for $399.

From $79 at GVS, shop HERE.

 

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The 20s Gangster/Bootlegger suit

From Great Gatsby to Al Capone this look was a must have. Fashion leaders of the day had this go-to look.

The suit

Striped or plaid suits in navy, brown, black, grey, or green are the ones to go for. They are a challenge to find off the rack today but access to a bespoke tailoring company that charges less than $1500 for a semi bespoke suit can really help and are worth the investment. Single and double-breasted are both common and pants should be flat front and cuffed at the ankle.

From $479 at GVS, shop HERE.





The vest

Find a coordinating vest, the pattern doesn’t have to match perfectly but colors should not clash. 20s vests had lapels on them and were usually buttoned up high on the chest.

From $99 at GVS, shop HERE.

The shirt

Either a white or striped shirt can be worn with or without collar. Roll up the sleeves for a working class look. Your shoes should be basic, plain, lace up, oxfords that can be bought through GVS for $399. This time add a collar bar and a pocket square.

From $79 at GVS, shop HERE.

Shoes

You can bring out the 2-tone shoes now, wingtips, saddle shoes or cap toes, usually browns and creams.

From $369 at GVS, shop HERE.

Accessorize

Gloves in a safe color would complete the outfit, although they don’t have to necessarily match the outfit. You can also add a pocket watch or chain, as well as a walking cane that would set you apart from the business class and with the higher class.

 

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White summer suits

The suit

In the summer white was the thing to be seen in. White or cream was worn to garden and house parties as well as outdoor sporting events. A white dress shirt and summery gold or brown ties would complete the look.

From $479 at GVS, shop HERE.

Hat

Straw hats normally complimented the outfit. Don’t skimp if you cant afford it, they can usually be found cheaper if hunted around in a few thrift stores.

Shoes

White suits. White shoes. In the latest rendition of the great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio worse grey and white 2-tone shoes to complete his look, despite not agreeing with the colors I believe it is periodically correct.

From $369 at GVS, shop HERE.

 

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The Seersucker

The seersucker striped grey; ivory, white suits are the most commonly found. The lightweight cotton material is perfect for the summer suits.

Suit

We have chosen to go for a double-breasted suit with a matching vest, with a pink shirt with white collar (A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR WARDROBE), with a light colored bowtie, 2-tone shoes, white gloves, and a walking cane. Dapper!

Suits can be found from $479 at GVS, shop HERE.

Shirts can be found from $79 at GVS, shop HERE.

This outfit choice was signature yachting uniform and a popular costume for barbershops.

 

Let us know if we’ve missed any prominent 20s outfits, share your outfits and let us know what you think of our first series in the comments below!

 

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Signing off

Akshay Badiani

Personal Stylist and Fashion Blogger

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