Men’s Vintage Sporting Fashions – A Nostalgic Look Back

Ms. Jeannie is perplexed. As of late, there seems to be a lot of hillbilly happening in the contemporary sporting culture. TV is packed with shows about guns, shows about catfish noodling, shows about 800 ways to camouflage your hunt.

Cut-off jean shorts and dirty t-shirts, duck-tapped boots and grungy attitudes are running rampant. All which got Ms. Jeannie wondering…whatever happened to the days of the elegant sportsman?

The Brad Pitt’s In A River Runs Through It

Scene from A River Runs Through It starring Brad Pitt

or the Henry Fonda’s of On Golden Pond?

On Golden Pond – Starring Henry Fonda

Or the Robert Redford’s in Out of Africa?

Out of Africa – Starring Robert Redford

The classic styles, the hats, the wool and the tweed, the velvet and the linen? Has refinement gotten lost somewhere down the long and dusty road of men’s sporting clothes?

Let’s take a peek at some examples…

Ms. Jeannie was reminded about an invitation she received recently to a fox hunt in the Pennsylvania countryside.  Never having been before, she was impressed that everyone participating looked like they had just stepped out of a 19th century painting like this one from Henry Thomas Alken’s…

Fox Hunting by Henry Thomas Alken

Bright red coats, top hats, tan riding britches. Hound dogs underfoot, horses brushed, braided and polished to a shine. Now this was a spectacle of elegance. There was even a ceremonial pre-hunt cocktail served in silver cups… while on horseback, we might add. It was decandant.  It was old-fashioned. It was magical. Grand animals in a grand setting.  Well done fox hunters for keeping the spirit of the sport alive…

Sport their same look with these items, available on Etsy…

60’s Wool Mens Fox Hunting Pants from GreatGuyGifts
Antique Beaver Top Hat from Threadsandpins
Vintage English Riding Jacket from eldonhill

Likewise, the fisherman of yesteryear, seemed to do it right. Wool sweaters, corduroy pants, tweed hats…  check out this 1924 advertisement for fishing tackle. He’s wearing an Oxford style shirt and a belt!

1924 Winchester Fishing Tackle Poster

Get this same look with the following items:

Antique Fly Fishing Creel from Nuvegriz
Khaki Work Shirt from lookinglasshouse
Mens German Made Olive Wool Pants from FireflyVintage

Boating never looked more picturesque than in this 1917 ad of a captain and his dog, proving that boating can still be fun even if you are wearing a bow tie!

1917 National Sportsmans’s Magazine from LastChanceAntiques

Next time you are on the water, trying wearing this…

Greek Fisherman’s Cap from PoisonPuddingFaire
Dark Blue Denimn Bowtie from Bowtie Company
Woolrich Grey Long Sleeved Shirt from CairoVintage
1960s Vintage Mens Sweater Vest from VimVigorVintage

You’ll notice in these examples that all the men pictured are wearing hats. Hats stopped being worn by men around the 1950’s. Some attribute it to JFK and his own vanity.  Apparently he liked his hair and wanted to show it off! Hence no need for a hat. As a trendsetter, others took note and the hat slowly started to fade out of popularity.

This is an interesting article on the history of the fedora…

Ms. Jeannie wants to launch a campaign to help bring the Fedora back!!! How could you resist such handsome ones as these:

Vintage Houndstooth Fedora from Basyaberkman
Men’s Vintage Brown Fedora from tangerinestyle
The Don Draper from ReroManVintage
Green Fedora Hat from kalaidascopes
Vintage Straw Men’s Fedora Hat from Marvita13

Help the cause! If you wear Fedora’s send a picture to Ms. Jeannie and she’ll post it on the blog.


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