Men’s 1940s trousers, pants, or slacks had medium to wide legs that tapered and cuffed at the ankles. They also fit very high up on the waist reaching to the bottom of the ribs. Popular colors were striped, plaid or solid color browns, grey, and navy blue pants. Held up with a belt or button on suspenders, 1940s men’s wide leg pants are classics for the swing dancing community, Zoot Suiters, WW2 reenactors, and Big Band musicians.
Men’s 1940s denim jeans were just coming into mainstream fashion whereas they previously were worn as work-wear or ranch wear only. They featured dark blue denim, wide cut, thickly rolled cuffs and deep pockets. There are only a few choices for men’s reproduction 1940s denim jeans such as the limited edition vintage jeans by Levi’s.
Finding 1940s style men’s wide leg pants and jeans today can be difficult. Men’s vintage reproduction clothing offers the best choices however brands specializing in the urban male or church suits and even classic golf pants often have a good selection too. Some men’s clothing brand like Jos A Bank or Paul Fredrick also have classic high waisted trousers without the wide leg fit. Here are some options we found online:
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