This page is general information found in books and the internet referencing men's clothing. Most of the books and sites visited were discussing vintage clothing for all kinds of reason except photo dating. We searched through sites about dress-making, costuming, reenacting, museums and historic personality and fashion eras. Our idea is to just collection the information that will be useful in determining when a photo was taken. We thought it would be easiest to put this information in table form and realized it was too complex. So just arranging photos by decade to start would be best.
Men's Hats by Decade
Library of Congress Photo.
Circa:1840 Silk top hat
Wide Awake hat large flat brim and low crown variations
1859 George Custer
1860 Melon hat short/narrow brim short rounded crown
Close ups of hats on the same photograph
Photo Dating Notes:
short bowler, curled brim
high collarless, 6 button waistcoats
both bow tie and four in hand long tie
long and short jackets with long narrow lapels
large knot tie, stand up collar
In 1880 the tuxedo first appeared. The style of both daytime and evening coats changed the frock coats were replaced by the morning coat which curved at the waist. For evening wear, tail coats remained popular. The low laced shoe, early tennis shoe, was worn for sporting events, and the spats appeared.
left to right,
homburg curled brim with trim pinched crown
1902 George Washington Carver
left to right hats,
soft felt fedora type hat
newsboy casual or visor cap hat
narrow short lapels
turned down collars
bow tie and for in hand knot tie
James Joyce, author.
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