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30’s shirts, vests and outfits!

Style over the years

December edition – The 30’s


Following swiftly from the last edition of the 30’s lets look at the rest of the look that men fashioned in the 30’s. So far we’ve looked at the suits and the trousers in the 30’s – there isn’t much of a change from the 20s so the 30’s will only be a short section and we’ll move on to the 40’s next week! Stay tuned.


The shirt/vest

Dress shirts haven’t changed much today since the 30’s. They button down with French cuffs and a straight-pointed collars. Because suit lapels were so wide – dress shirts came in a variety of colour’s and tones, stripes, plaids, and checks.
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The classic button down white dress shirt remained a staple 30’s men’s wardrobe, a new casual shirt was what was invested in for the headlines. This was the era the polo shirt came into Vogue and they haven’t left since. Bush shirts were also a breakthrough in the 30’s, bush shirts were white and had 4patch pockets, sadly (and thankfully) not in fashion anymore. The most similar to the Bush shirt is the Guayabera shirt, very popular in Latin America.

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You can order all of these styles through GVS made to your custom measurements only at GVS.



A small note on the sweaters; whilst they were enjoyed by most of the lower class, young gents enjoyed sweaters in the 30’s as a refined element, not much changed from the 30’s and knitted double-breasted sweaters with no collar were a classic style. Most ladies in the era would knit their gent one for a perfect present.

Luckily today you can get a custom knit sweater through GVS.


Classic Hats

Flat caps, also known as Ivy Caps were increasingly gaining popularity – especially in Tweet and Herringbone patterns were the ones found the most. Another business hat popular in the 30’s was a fedora.

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Shoes and socks

1930’s mens shoes were a follow on from the 20’s too with oxford and two-toned oxfords/wingtips. See the 20s shoes on the post here.

Silks socks emerged in all shapes and colour’s in the 30’s. Patterns, checks and strips were common similar to their suit counterparts, although more often than not the socks wouldn’t match the suit. This rule has affected everyone from then to the current day – it was perfectly acceptable to wear a navy suit with orange socks.

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In the next segment we will be checking the appropriation of your suit in the 30’s – stay tuned.


Signing off

Akshay Badiani

Personal Stylist and Fashion Blogger

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