Men, if you want to look ‘brooksy’ - a classy dresser - the 1920s was a time of classic sophistication with a level of fun. Suits were made of thick wool or tweed and were slightly heavier than today’s suits. Jackets were single or double breasted with 3 to 4 buttons. The top button came to the heart - the highness of the suit lapels is what sets the 1920s suit apart from other eras.
Casual/Working class 1920s outfit.
A pair of trousers - flat front high waisted, braces, shirt, white or striped. The shirt can be white or a striped, colored dress shirt with or without a collar. Any dress shirt you already have will work fine. Roll up the sleeves for that working-class touch., shoes, and hat.
Your shoes should be basic, plain, lace up Oxfords in brown or black. Lace up boots would be OK too.
The 1920s style cap is a must for your costume. The style at the time is what’s called an 8-panel cap or newsboy cap today. It’s not sleek and form-fitting like the ’30s styles, instead it is wide and floppy. Common fabrics were tweed, textured wool, felt, leather, and corduroy for winter, linen or cotton in summer.
1920s Business Class Men’s Costume.
Suit: A matching 2 or 3-piece suit is ideal, but if you can’t get one, then choose at least trousers and a jacket that are the same color. A white shirt or solid pastel shirt would be fine, too, but stripes were the “in” thing to wear.
Tie: A necktie in paisley, small pattern or horizontal wide stripes are the semi-formal tie option. A bow tie is also another fun and period-correct alternative. Wear a polka dot tie for something unique and very ’20s.
Hat: Several kinds of hats can be worn by business class men. The Bowler or Derby was a carry-over from the previous decades. It’s most noteworthy fan was Charley Chaplin. Men also wore high crown fedoras, rolled edge Homburgs and straw hats like the Boater, Skimmer or Panama in the summer.
Shoes: A brown suits needs brown lace up Oxfords or boots. A grey or navy suit needs black oxfords. Cap toes or wingtips were a good men’s shoe.