The current hipster trend for skinny suits, knit ties, and classic footwear began in the 1960s with the Mod movement. 1960s men’s fashion suits started with the classic American suit of the 1950s but quickly slimmed down into an ultra skinny suit with narrow lapels, tailored waist, and a short jacket that was always single breasted. Patterns could be plain, but that was too boring for most 60s men. Large plaids, checks, and stripes in earth tones or vibrant colors made the 1960s swing.
1970s men’s business suits were almost extinct. Casual was in. Bold was in. The 70s men’s suit blended wide lapel men’s suits with the bold colors, patterns, and the flared leg found on the disco floor. Men’s leisure suits or disco suits were extra flashy in pastel colors, plaid, pinstripes and colorblock prints. John Travolta wore an all-white suit with black shirt in Saturday Night Fever. Textures like corduroy, denim and polyester added to this funky fashion era.
Browse these 60s style suits and 70s suits for a look that is both iconic to the past and on-trend today. Scroll down or click here to view our gallery of 1960s and 1970s men’s suits.