Men’s pants in the 1930s were high waisted, full around the hip, and had long column-like wide legs. That wide leg trend began in the 20s and gradually narrowed down into the 50s, while the high waists lasted until the early 1960s. Plaid, herringbone, check, tweed, windowpane, and stripes were all patterns men in the 30s wore for both business and casualwear. Some younger men’s pants had wide “Hollywood” waistbands and a pleated front for extra fullness.
Blue jeans and overalls were mostly worn by working-class men. Knickers, breeches, jodphurs, and plus fours were worn by men playing sports such as golf or riding horses. Scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to jump to our gallery of 1930s men’s trousers.
We handpicked the following trousers for their high waisted rise and wide legs as well as color and patterns associated with 1930s men’s fashions.