Retro Evening Wear

If men liked shopping they’d call it research.

Cynthia Nelms

The Peacock Revolution Retro Vintage: Late ’60s – Early ’70s

The formal wear aberrations of this era – particularly the late 1960s – were limited only by designers’ hallucinations.  The following examples are not only an amusing look at the past but also a pertinent caution about the present.

The era began relatively tastefully-by simply adding color to jackets

The era began relatively tastefully-by simply adding color to jackets

Unlike the powder-blue tuxedo and its mainstream ilk, these were not the products of a rental industry looking to make a buck off of naïve youngsters.  Instead, they were the creations of respected menswear designers championed by leading fashion magazines.  Keep that in mind the next time GQ announces the latest, greatest thing in modern formal wear.

1960s and 1970s Retro Vintage Craze in Evening Wear

1960s and 1970s Retro Vintage Craze in Evening Wear

Alternative Retro Vintage Formal Wear

In the counterculture of the 1960s “formal” was a four letter word.  As a result, menswear magazines began to favor “evening” and “host” as a more innocuous descriptor for the decidedly informal alternatives being offered by manufacturers.  Here are some examples.

1960s bold silk horse pattern dinner jacket with shawl collar

1960s bold silk horse pattern dinner jacket with shawl collar


1960s French take on a striped tuxeowith shawl collar and cummervest, which can be buttoned in the middle

1960s French take on a striped tuxeowith shawl collar and cummervest, which can be buttoned in the middle

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Retro Evening Wear - 1960s &  1970s Tuxedo Craze
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Retro Evening Wear - 1960s & 1970s Tuxedo Craze
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The sixties and seventies were the birthplace of some pretty hideous black tie and evening attire options. Colored shirt with ruffles, velvet and bold colors... Find out what the tuxedo craziness was all about.
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Gentleman's Gazette LLC
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