Fashion has changed a lot over time and will continue to change forever, although there are a few pieces that have remained a staple in any wardrobe despite the era they became famous passing by. To this day, women’s and men’s vintage clothing is more in demand than ever, especially as the effects of fast fashion have been realised and consumers do their bit to save the environment.

Choosing items for your wardrobe that will stand the test of time is guaranteed to give you effortless style and save you money as you wear the same iconic pieces repeatedly.

Leather Jackets

Once worn as a sign of rebellion in the 1950s, leather jackets were a symbol of a ‘Greaser’, a teenager that no longer followed adult trends and created their own subculture style often worn with rolled-up jeans, fitted white t-shirts and converse. Heavily influenced by music from Elvis and James Dean, who were popular then, fashion would continue to change with public figures as time passed.

To this day, leather jackets are considered classic mens vintage fashion, a sign of rebellion or a ‘bad boy’ image and are worn by men and women of all styles.

To juxtapose the rough edge a leather jacket symbolises, women often wear them with feminine dresses and pair them with chunky boots, while men often wear them with skinny jeans and a rugged t-shirt for an edgy appearance.

There’s no doubt that every wardrobe should contain a leather jacket as these are not only iconic but can also be a great jacket for all seasons, suitable in all kinds of weather.

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Patterned shirts

Made famous in the 1960s, patterned shirts, especially paisley shirts, were worn by the youth who continued to drive new subcultures in fashion and were often paired with flared velvet trousers, worn with a wide collar and showcased a range of colours.

These bold styles were adopted by the youth of the 60s, including those part of mod culture, and have remained popular to the current day. Patterned shirts have been printed by high street brands and designers in various styles since then and are considered a great smart-casual choice for men.

Denim Jackets

Made popular in a similar era to the rise of the mods in the 60’s, denim jackets were a great alternative to leather jackets. Those who would have previously worn a suit for all occasions swapped a blazer for a denim jacket for a more casual look, as these were more expressive and modern at the time.

In the 1980s, denim jackets became super popular, with Levi’s denim jacket taking centre stage. Most brands had their own versions of denim jackets available, many of which are still in circulation as vintage pieces today as they are so durable. Currently, most people will have a denim jacket in their cupboard as they can be worn on their own in spring or summer or work well when layering in winter.

 

Turtleneck jumpers

Chunky turtleneck knitwear was popular in the 1970s disco era, as men paired them with bold, flared trousers and blazers. Following the release of Saturday Night Fever, this style was heavily influenced by music and represented groovy disco culture with funky patterns and styles at the forefront.

In 2022, turtleneck jumpers are still popular and are often worn to complete a sleek and sophisticated look. This men’s vintage clothing style is now popular among men and women aiming for a smart, clean silhouette and will likely remain for many years to come.

Bomber Jackets

Originally made to keep pilots warm in the open aeroplanes that the U.S. military used at the time, bomber jackets, known as ‘flying jackets’ at the time, were heavy, padded pieces often made with a sheepskin material to insulate heat at low temperatures. Bomber jackets in the current day often feature an orange interior layer, which was designed purposefully to help spot a pilot if his plane had crashed.

These became extremely popular in the 1980s and were produced in a range of different materials, with Harrington jackets becoming popular among mods. The difference between these and original bomber jackets is that they featured a tartan cotton interior and a stand-up collar that differentiates them as mod symbols.

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Blazers

Perhaps the most iconic item of clothing that has remained popular throughout history is the blazer. First named in 1952 after a literal ‘blazing’ red blazer was recorded in a magazine, this iconic piece is still changing and adapting to current trends, with the most recent being cropped or with big oversized styles popular among women.

This mirrors the trend in the 80s where women were making themselves known in the world of business and started fighting for women’s rights in the workplace, with the matching broad-shouldered, padded blazers, too!

Much of today’s fashion seems to repeat trends from decades ago, with pieces from all eras featuring in most wardrobes. In 50 years, most of these items will still be there, perhaps with a modern spin or a material change. One thing is for sure, though. Men’s vintage fashion will always be popular and stylish because of the history and symbolism that surrounds it.