Men’s Wear began with men actually wearing high heels, panty hose, and feathers back in the sixteenth century. Men did not use high heels as a sense of fashion but because it actually helped Persian horsemen stand on the stirrups in order to shoot an enemy. Sounded sexy at first, but I was totally shot down once I heard it benefitted the war. Once a Persian mission traveled to Europe, men noticed the Persians wearing heels and adopted the idea making their own shoes. Once people who were not aristocrats began wearing them, the aristocrats increased the size of their heels in order to be above the lower class. They had to literally be higher than the rest of the people as if social status was not enough. Once high heels were worn by everyone, the aristocrats got tired of them and moved onto the next fad. High heels actually became a part of women’s attire because the women wanted to masculinise their outfits.
During the nineteenth century, men’s wear became tall long and lean. Three piece suits became very popular which consist of waistcoats, pants, and a coat. The pants, or otherwise known as trousers, were creased at the front and back of the pants which has not changed throughout the years. By the twenties, people started traveling more and bringing European styles overseas and incorporating them into American men’s wear. In the thirties, the “men’s wear rules” came around which projected the basic guidelines on how a man should dress. Men were to be well dressed and elegant but those guidelines were skewed during the sixties once men began to dress more rebellious and adding self-expression to their everyday outfits. There is so much more to explain about the evolution of men’s wear which will be continued in the next post.