1930s: Men's wear (U.S.A.)
1930s: Männerkleidung (U.S.A.)

Here we collect information about men's fashion in the 1930s (U.S.A). We start with men's garters.


These men's garters were very typical of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s in the USA. Boys started to wear them the minute they graduated from shorts to long trousers because the socks of the period had no elastic knitted into the tops and would not stay up without garters. Some garters had two clasps on each leg and some only one (like the example here). But garters for men and older boys (those with long trousers) were considered necessary for anyone who was well dressed. The garters are made of wide elastic webbing with a pad where the connection around the leg beneath the knee comes so that garters wouldn't be uncomfortable to wear and irritate the leg. One of the main brands, Paris garters (made by the same firm, Stein, that made Hickory children's supporters) had the motto: "No metal can touch you." The fastener for the top of the sock was exactly like the fasteners on garter waists (or German Leibchen) or for long stockings - with a rubber button and metal loop.


A close-up


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