1920s Men's Suits

Updated July 20, 2017

The 1920s were characterised by the changing attitude and freedom of the younger generation following World War I. Both women's and men's fashions saw radical changes brought on by the newfound feelings of freedom and independence following World War I. While men began to embrace the clothing of popular sports figures in the '20s, creating what we know as sportswear, a suit of clothing cut from similar fabric remained in fashion.

Sack Suits

The sack suit -- a three-piece suit including a three-to-two button blazer with no darts, a matching vest and matching trousers without pleats -- remained popular, but took on a new attitude that had a more youthful look and feel. The fabrics and colours were lighter and tended to be brighter in appearance than sack suits of prior years. The suit jacket was shorter and the lapel tended to be thin. The trousers were narrow and straight and tended to be worn short so the socks could be seen. Cuffed trousers were also popular at this time.

Jazz Suit

The jazz suit, which would later morph into the zoot suit, was a suit featuring high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed trousers and a long coat that featured wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. The shirt worn with the jazz suit was buttoned to the neck. The jazz suit could also be worn with a vest of a contrasting bright colour.


Men's tuxedos, which were considered appropriate for evening wear, were comprised of a single-breasted tail coat, a starched white shirt with pleated yokes, bow tie, and matching trousers. Patent leather shoes were popular shoe attire.

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