How to make a 1920s costume for a man

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How to make a 1920s costume for a man
A fedora hat is an integral part of a 1920s look. (Getty Creative)

When creating a costume reflecting the Roaring Twenties, keep these things in mind. The 20s were a time of flappers and jazz music. Although alcohol wasn't forbidden in Britain as it was in the USA, Prohibition-era American fashions influenced British culture. The time period has a definite style element, and you can create that by adding a few touches to a 20s-style suit or coming up with your own period idea.

Things you need

  • Zoot suit or pinstriped double-breasted suit jacket, black shirt and black trousers
  • White tie
  • Black shoes with spats
  • Hair gel
  • Razor
  • Fedora hat
  • Prop gun (optional)

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    Find or create your vintage suit. Men in the 20s popularised the zoot suit, which you may be able to find at a costume or vintage store. Alternately, create your own look with a double-breasted suit coat (preferably pinstriped), a black shirt and black trousers. Add a white tie to complete the look.

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    Slick back your hair with hair gel, and shave your face. Men of the 20s were very clean cut and elegant.

  3. 3

    Add some black shoes with spats. Purchase spats or make your own (see the Resources).

  4. 4

    Top it off with a fedora hat. Most men of this period accessorised their looks with a gangster-style fedora hat.

  5. 5

    Procure a prop gun if you are going to a party dressed as an Al Capone-style gangster.

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