What Men REALLY Wore in the 1940s

What Men REALLY Wore in the 1940s

Movies and TV shows may depict characters in 1940s fashions, but are they period accurate? Let’s examine true 1940s style! https://gentl.mn/what-men-wore-1940s

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00:00 1940s Menswear Introduction

In the first half of the 1940s WW2 was raging and even after the war ended in 1945 the effects of such a mighty and tragic world event were still being felt.

In decades past high fashion had always been for the wealthy, for the aristocrats. They were looked up to, people aspired to be them. But not anymore. With warfare bringing the classes together on the battlefield the culture had shifted and the status of the aristocrat was dying.

And as one might expect in the war period, one’s clothing also spoke volumes about one’s patriotism! Therefore in much of this video we will be talking about how rationing and military styles affected and influenced men’s fashion in the 1940s.

01:54 Hats
03:04 Hairstyles and Facial Hair
03:55 Eyewear
05:39 Shirts
08:49 Neckwear
10:26 Waistcoats
11:22 Suits & Odd Jakcets
15:42 Trousers (& Zoot Suits)
18:22 Footwear
20:09 Accessories

You can see that a lot of what was worn in the 1940s could be recognized as far more modern than previous decades. The 1940s was an era hard hit with war, austerity, and rationing and this greatly affected what could be worn. Many people were mix-matching their clothes, others were wearing old clothes to save money,

The 1940s made wearing simple open, soft shirts and comfortable slacks mainstream. Of course, this is an incredibly interesting decade. And we would love to explore more of the obscure garments, interesting fads, and eccentricities of this era in future videos.

So if you’d like to see us cover more on Zoot Suits, workwear or the Cowboy fashions worn in the 1940s, or other historical fashion fads for that matter, please us know in the comments below!

22:21 Outfit Rundown


  1. MontanaMountainMen on November 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    The one thing I miss is high waisted pants. These low riding mens pants today are well not for middle aged men.

  2. Chromosome Police on November 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    It would be nice if Raphael made physical copies of his ebooks, especially around the holidays, with a matte cover, it would be a perfect Christmas gift

  3. Amanda Stout on November 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Eagerly awaiting the Zoot Suit video! And y’all HAVE to cover the 1980s Power Suit!

  4. Fortress Fighter on November 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you the gentleman’s gazette gods have blessed

  5. Ben Heinatz on November 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Love the tie, Raphael! Who made your jacket?

  6. João on November 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    I’d love to see this series go all the way to the 80’s

  7. Eric Bleyendaal on November 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Loving these decade videos! All the way to the modern day please! Can’t wait for the scathing critiques of some of the subsequent decades!

    Raphael, you have been the cornerstone of my education in menswear. Here’s to the institution you’ve birthed!

  8. jec1ny on November 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    @ 8:45 that would be my idea of casual dress. A single breasted waistcoat vs double breasted and presumably no spats.

  9. Peter Goossens on November 24, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    maybe for this series just skip the 1970’s all together.

  10. dakota ray-price on November 24, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Can you please do what men wear in 1950

  11. Theodore Vogel on November 24, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    50s to mid 60s

  12. Der lachende Vagabund on November 24, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    We are in fact entering Cary Grant area😊

  13. Blaze L on November 24, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Btw, though not specifically related to this particular video, I found a place in Brooklyn I will like to visit. Sharing it here:
    Robinson Brooklyn
    YT won’t allow a link.

  14. AP's Coins, Currencies & More on November 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Great video 👍👍what about video on Victorian era clothing. Like ruffled shirts and capes

  15. Vasil Stefanov on November 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    They wore combat gear

  16. artawhirler on November 24, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I love this whole series! Thanks !

  17. Pilot Christoph "357" Sanchez on November 24, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Very informative, Sir. Thank You.

  18. MontanaMountainMen on November 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Both my grandfathers were discharged from the service in September of 1945. They wore their uniforms for a month afterwards due to clothing shortages.

  19. susan brown on November 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I like the Victorian era ..right up to 40s.
    Lovely colour tie your wearing there..nice shade .

  20. klompb on November 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    With the fabric rationing I could have imagined the bow tie becoming more popular than the neck tie. I wonder what made the neck tie prevail.

  21. José Angel López Garcés on November 24, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Excellent content!

  22. Anthony Lam on November 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Please do the 50s

  23. Václav Fejt on November 24, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    5:21 – Hugo Sperrle with a monocle…now that is an imposing spectacle (pun intended). Even more evocative than Erich Ludendorff from the previous world war.

  24. Krunoslav Kovacec on November 24, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Hand painted ties from the 40s are awesome. Nice and unique.

  25. Guilherme Lacerda on November 24, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Looking forward to watch the 50’s video. Great job on this one!

  26. Bender Bending Rodriguez on November 24, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Looking forward for the Zoot Suit video.

  27. LedosKell on November 24, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    The M40 Field-Grey Wool Greatcoat

  28. Thomas Bunker on November 24, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Germany had sick style in the 40s

  29. Ennio Barone on November 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    I do really love these videos about what men really wore in different decades.

  30. Bruno Njezic on November 24, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I would love expanded series of this. This is great video !

  31. Horrid Parlor on November 24, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    What, people actually wore the monocle.

  32. Anonymous Person on November 24, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Could you guys do a video on Norfolk and safari jackets?

  33. Jason Kelsey on November 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    I requested this and you delivered. Thank-you 🙂

  34. Aristotle Tagbo on November 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Yay! My favorite era of clothing!

  35. Deux Pomme on November 24, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Title answer: they wore WW2 soldiers war uniforms

  36. Bob Whyte on November 24, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Yes please. I’d love to see more fashion videos of the decades

  37. Byron Hunter on November 24, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    The three (possibly four, in good time) unique perspectives of GG is one of the things that keeps me coming back & continually improving my style.

  38. Jaafer Alzeera on November 24, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    May you elaborate and anatomize the godfather II.

  39. Blaze L on November 24, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    I would love to see 50s at some point.

  40. jon780249 on November 24, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Really informative, well researched episode.

  41. Tommy Martinez on November 24, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    seeing that one of the hosts wears prescriptions just as many of us, So I’m hoping perhaps a video might be in order for looking for older more timeless glasses

  42. Herbert Smagon on November 24, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Do Leather Trenchcoats!

  43. Dieter Stevens on November 24, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    In the first or second half of the decade?

  44. Rachel Garber on November 24, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I’m a 78 year old woman and I love your channel, I wish more men dressed and acted like you Preston and Kyle. One of the best memories of my late father-in-law was him talking about his first job interview with Bonwit Teller back in the 40s. All the men waiting with him were dressed very casually while he wore a suit and tie. He got the job because he showed respect for the interview.

  45. Brian Blake on November 24, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I would love you to continue this historical look at menswear. I can’t wait for you to do one on the 1960’s and look at the style icon that was JFK.

  46. Pedro G on November 24, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see the zoot suit video i hope its soon

  47. Mike Macheese on November 24, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Do a video on how to properly smoke a non filter cigarette and how to light your lady friend’s cigarette.

  48. Momo The Elder on November 24, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I am actually struck by how casual the styles from 1890 look at 1:07

  49. Jörg Sannwald on November 24, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    That’s again a wonderful Video.
    I can recoment Aaron White’s Channel as a addition to the Gentlemen’s Gazette.
    I think if you have subscribed to both channels, you have alot of knowledge about mens wear from back than, brought to you in a wise somebody who knew only near to nothing like me can understand it verry easy.
    Thank you Gentlemen.

  50. Shayne Katchmark on November 24, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Now this is the one I’ve been waiting for

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