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The Men’s Fashion Staple to Die For…

 

The suit and tie has a long standing position in men’s clothing history. The evolution of the suit started with the elaborately decorated outfits of men at court (1600s – 1700s). Since then menswear has become a lot simpler.

Men’s Vintage Suits

The basic parts of a suit have seen adjustments throughout history:

  • Jackets had wide opened fronts that became single or double breasted.
  • The widths of lapels have widened, narrowed, and widened again.
  • The long waistcoat (first introduced in 1666) was replaced with the shorter vest.
  • Long trousers made stockings and breeches obsolete.
  • Heeled footwear gave way for flat boots and shoes.
  • Fabrics became scarce during wartime, and made available again during economic booms.
  • Cravats & ascots changed to bow ties and neckties.

 

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)


The Master of Murder, Alfred Hitchcock, always made his appearances in a black suit and tie. From his cameos in most of his films to his introductory monologues of his television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he can be seen wearing the men’s fashion staple. Although Hitchcock personally kept it simple with his black suit and tie, he used costuming as a way to communicate to his audience the true nature of the characters in his films. Colors were particularly important in demonstrating the good or evil, the innocent or guilty, or the hero or victim of a character.

Join us all month as we display our menswear collection and revere one of film’s greatest directors – Alfred Hitchcock. We can dress your male leads for success with our business attire, formal wear, and casual clothes – complete with complimenting accessories. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for photos and information about our menswear collection.

 

Did you know?

During his time as a director (1919-1980), Hitchcock directed 52 films and appeared in 40 of them! What started as a joke became his signature, and thus became known as “King of the Cameo.”

Shades of RED

Shades of RED

Red is the most evocative color in the spectrum. Not only is it visually arresting, the color has strong physical effects such as elevated blood pressure, increased confidence, and higher levels of energy. Our ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces. Most of the color’s symbolism today arises from its historic associations. Not every hue is created equal; a slight adjustment of tone or intensity can radically alter the overall mood and meaning of a piece.

Described as “A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth,” the ruby is often associated with vitality and sensuality.  The precious gemstone can range in shade from pink to bright red but the most valuable of rubies are a dark red hue called “pigeon blood.” Historically, the stone was thought to have healing properties and could improve blood circulation.

Burgundy is a dark red hue tending towards brown – the color of wine. The color is synonymous with nobility, sophistication, and power. Historically, royal families use the color in tandem with luxurious fabrics such as velvet which further associates the color with wealth and elegance.

The color of flames, scarlet symbolizes literal and figurative heat. The orange tinted hue evokes feelings of passion, romance, and/or anger. It is also mentioned multiple times in the Bible in reference to the sin of lust. Conversely, scarlet is often used in religious clothing and considered to be the “color of the blood of Christ.”

The intensity of red mixed with the purity of white. Pink is a color closely related to femininity, youth, and tenderness. While both red and pink are used in reference to romance, red is indicative of passion and sexuality and pink is used for gentleness and lovingness.

(All photos featured are of pieces available at Southeast Costume)