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We are Debbie and Oscar, your guides to dressing up like decades past. We are here to help you find clothing online and learn about vintage fashions as worn by everyday people, just like you. Need help with your outfit? Ask us anytime.

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  1. I agree. I’m in love with a smartly dressed man in the era you speak of. Especially French cuffs, cuff links, tie bars and crisp style. Even for women, I prefer vintage 1940/50 fashion, when women wore fully lined skirts and dresses and slips under their garments! Many people today don’t appreciate the modesty and classic, feminine style…It’s actually art! I have a grown son that, since a young boy, I introduced him to classic style; he’s dressed like it ever since and gains many compliments. It’s a pleasure to see true, classic style!

  2. Thanks for your guide,i am a Nigerian and a shirt expuert i have learned more about my profession through this side or your contributiony.Thanks once again

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am trying to costume men for a production of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” and have had such a hard time finding inexpensive collars/collared shirts for our men! This has been a HUGE help! Thank you!

  4. What is the history on short sleeve shirts? I didn’t see them in the history of men’s shirts dress or business shirts.

    • Only the polo shirt was short sleeve (mentioned above under casual shirts.) All other shirts were long sleeve. The short sleeve dress shirt didn’t come about until the 1950s.

  5. I am curious about a work shirt style that I see in the 1920s and 1930s…the collar has a flap that extends about two inches beyond the front placket. I see these on working men in construction photos of depression era photos. And Gen MacArthur had his uniform shirts made this way in WW2…what is this collar style called and are they still available.

    • That extra bit is called a collar extension tab. Instead of a button joining the two collar sides the tab slipped under the collar and a button was sewn in place. It was an easier way for manufactures to sell one shirt for many size necks. I am sure the military found the style practical hence why Glen MacArthur is wearing one too. I don’t see these types of collar tabs much. You may try contacting darcyclothing.com who specializes in historical styles. Perhaps they can make one for you.

  6. As an aficionado of the 1900-30 period, including culture and men’s clothing, I appreciated the detail to this greatly. As a swing dancer, I more than slightly lament that the 1920’s are only represented by the Charleston, and cheap gangster and flapper costumes at dances, and that the focus is on the WWII fashion era, which for men, is really quite dull, and doesn’t have that great transitional aspect that the 1920’s do. I love detachable collars, white shirts, striped tunic shirts, three-piece suits, knickers pocket watches, the high wing collars for a vintage tuxedo: all of it, formal to casual. Sadly, I am alone in this endeavor, or it is not appreciated where I live. I also, unfortunately, think that people would rather see the clothing on actors who get paid to wear it, rather than an everyday person who dons this apparel for the sheer love of it, but I’m grateful to see that there are others out there sharing their love and knowledge in an in-depth manner, and more so than the toe-dipping that usually occurs by people just posting pictures of “pretty things” on Tumblr. Your dedication is appreciated.

    • Thank you Clayton for your kind words. My husband has the same thoughts as you and gripes over the lack of men wearing good vintage fashion both locally and online. I am gathering some online resources for men which I will post soon. I do hope you wear your clothing whenever possible. That is the best way to spread the good news of men’s clothing history.