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40s the hats and the shoes

Style over the years

January edition – The 40’s


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the 40’s styling guide as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it, lets top the 40’s lookbook up with the shoes and the hats, believe it or not the most important pieces of a 40’s look.

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During the 40’s every man had a hat on his head. The fedora was the most popular, which was made in wool felt often found in grey, black, darkbrown, tan or cream, and the most extravagant were found with feathers.

The second popular felt hat of the 40s was the homburg, it only came in grey or blue and was out of fashion by the mid 40’s. The center was quite tall with a small center crease. The only other time it was popular was during the godfather movies in the 1990’s.

The most unique hat was the porkpie hat, it could be found in black or brown fur felt, a wide curled brim with matching petersham made it stand apart from the gambler. Similar colours to the other hats kept it in fashion during the 40’s

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Shoes in the 40’s only came in a few styles, ofcourse the most common being the lace up oxford. Most oxfords were a dark brown with a sturdy heel. Details would include small brogue on the toe or a wingtip pattern (both styles available at GVS).

Most men chose to wear a more sport oxford – the two tone which I have discussed in earlier editorials.They were worn with business suits and casual clothing. These were the ICON style of the 40’s.

Other casual options were loafers or sandals for the summer.


Socks were worn fairly tall to mid calf, work socks were made shorter. They were made of wool or cotton with ribbing at the top to hold them up. Just like ties, the socks were found in colourful patterns as well as argyle designs.


Feel free to leave any questions for the team at GVS in the comments below, we hope you’ve enjoyed the 40’s styling series.

Signing off

Akshay Badiani

Personal Stylist and Fashion Blogger

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