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While women’s fashion in the 1930s was altered drastically as a result of the Wall Street crash and Great Depression, men’s fashion was less affected. The most notable change for men was a more subdued range of colors that matched the depressing times of the decade. The bright colors of the 1920s were suddenly a thing of the past.

In the early 1930s, the “drape cut” suit became enormously popular in the world of men’s fashion. The suit was softer and more flexible than previous popular suits, and men’s figures were suddenly enhanced. Extra fabric in the shoulders, fuller sleeves, light padding, tapered trousers and a slightly tucked-in waist flattered the men’s bodies just as women’s outfits were tailored to be feminine and natural. Neckties were wide, and bold geometric patterns, such as stripes and quadrilateral designs, were most popular. Double breasted suits and widening lapels became prominent while plus fours declined in popularity throughout the decade. Men were no longer interested in the carefree days of the 1920s.

DRAPE CUT SUIT

Drape Suit

Photo courtesy Dieworkwear.com

The popularity of different hat styles also changed during the 1930s. The most common hat, the fedora, was often worn tipped down over one eye. This tipped style was similar to the angled hats women frequently wore to the racetrack. Men also enjoyed wearing the Homburg due to its conservative style, and top hats became reserved solely for formal attire.

FEDORA

Fedora

Photo courtesy Holland Hats

Fashion in the 1930s became more conservative and natural for men. Subdued colors and tailored suits, reflective of the depressing times, took hold of the fashion industry as men struggled through the decade.

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Lauren Shoff

Lauren Shoff has been an avid Thoroughbred racing fan for most of her life. Despite having no connection to the sport, Shoff became enthralled as a teenager and began learning various aspects of the industry. A Pennsylvania native, Shoff has visited several tracks around the country and, after moving to Virginia, began work at Colonial Downs as both a groom and marketing assistant. Shoff received a BA in English/Creative Writing from Sweet Briar College in 2011 and currently works as a communications specialist. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, riding hunter/jumpers and studying the Thoroughbred industry.

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Lauren Shoff

Lauren Shoff has been an avid Thoroughbred racing fan for most of her life. Despite having no connection to the sport, Shoff became enthralled as a teenager and began learning various aspects of the industry. A Pennsylvania native, Shoff has visited several tracks around the country and, after moving to Virginia, began work at Colonial Downs as both a groom and marketing assistant. Shoff received a BA in English/Creative Writing from Sweet Briar College in 2011 and currently works as a communications specialist. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, riding hunter/jumpers and studying the Thoroughbred industry.

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