Nov 24, 2021
7 Amazing Facts About Men's Fashion Style You Probably Didn't Know
Fashion is fantastic. Right from inventions to innovations, fashion trends keep on evolving. Who would have known that skirts were the clothes for men, too, back in the 18th century? Nobody would believe that the idea of a slash neck jumper arrived from the French navy sailors’ uniform's boat neck pattern from 1858!
You might be a star collector when it comes to fashion. However, there's the slightest chance of not knowing the exact history behind your wardrobe essentials. In this piece, we have compiled seven amazing facts about men’s fashion style that you probably didn’t know!
Get on this roller coaster ride with us to know the history behind men’s vogue. It’ll be fun!
1. Men of the 16th century were on high heels
If someone said that high heels were once upon a time an essential accessory for men, would you believe that? Never mind. That's the truth. The Persian men used to wear high-heeled shoes as a sign of status and wealth. In 1599, Persia's Shah Abbas I sent his largest cavalry to Western Europe to conquer the Ottoman Empire. The floods of interesting things from Western Europe, and the aristocrats adopted these high-heeled shoes as a status symbol for themselves, too. The French king Louis XIV wore these high-heeled shoes decorated with depictions of battle scenes to add a 4-inch stature to his original height (1.63 m).
2. The first Gingham fabrics were stripped and not checked
Gingham is the term to describe a checked pattern blazer, jacket, suit, and trouser. Also known as plaid, these checked outfits are quite a trend in these modern fashion days. The surprising fact behind Gingham is that the primitive fabric came in stripped and not a checked pattern. The word Gingham is derived from the Malaysian word ',’ meaning stripped. This original fashion trend hails from Indonesia hundreds of years back. The modern-day British designers discovered a checked pattern in the name of Gingham fabric that you and I see and wear today.
3. Brogues were actually designed to drain water
Ever wonder how intelligent trendsetters were back in the 19th century? Your pair of brogues are the evidence to it. The brogues shoes are famous for their dotted pattern call perforations. Originally, the pattern on brogues were the real holes made to drain out water penetrated in the shoes. The men in the 1920s used to prefer wearing brogues outdoors. On the contrary, today's brogues only have holes to display the design and nothing else. Nor do they drain out the water, and neither use it outdoors. Instead, according to modern fashion, brogues are the shoes to wear at the workplace.
4. Dog paws inspired boat shoes’ sole design
Did you even once think why there's a wave-like tread pattern on the back of your shoes? Thanks to Paul Sperry, who saw dog paws and immediately got inspired to design the first boat shoes like them. The history of boat shoes dates back to 1935 when Paul Sperry - a sailor slipped his shoes on the wet deck while sailing. He realized that his dog was easily navigating only with his paws despite the damp surface. That's when the boat shoes got invented. It took from 1935 to the 1980s for these shoes to become popular. Today, you'll find these sailor shoes on every college campus of America proudly worn by the men.
5. The French didn’t invent the French cuffs
The interesting thing about French cuffs is that the Britishers invented them. Britishers made their shirts with a row of buttons on the sleeves. The reason behind it was to enable men to fold the slack of sleeves to their desired length. This unique idea of cuffs fastened the everyday process of buttoning the sleeves for early men. Doing this made a man look like a gentleman along with style and dignity. This early British trend made its journey towards Europe and beat the drum loud. That's why today, it’s world-famous in the name cuffs.
6. A chemist invented the trench coat
The outdoor rain jacket, also known as the humble Mackintosh coat, was first seen on the streets of London in 1823. A Scottish creator named Charles Macintosh blended two fabrics and made the first waterproof trench coat. The waterproof character of the coat was because of its outer layer being of liquid rubber. From then till now, these coats have been quite in the spotlight.