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Esquire's Correct Dress Chart, 1953

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Midnight Blue, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Midnight Blue

    Midnight Blue One of the Regulars

    This pullout from the October 1953 issue was the last "correct dress chart" that Esquire issued. (Sigh.) I photographed this at a library then cleaned up the photo to offset the low light conditions. Click for a full-size version. Enjoy!

  2. Rathdown

    Rathdown Practically Family

    Really amazing how little has changed in half a century.
  3. Wow it would be fun to see one for today casual dress world..:)
  4. Midnight Blue

    Midnight Blue One of the Regulars

    I often think the same thing. I envision it as something like:

    • dressy casual
    • business casual
    • everyday casual
    • couldn't care less
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2012
  5. Ditto on interest in a 'today' version. It would be difficult to parody something that would be so inherently funny.

    I was interested to see under the 'VIP in town" a recommended hat described as 'semi-Homburg'. A pic, anyone?
  6. Phileas Fogg

    Phileas Fogg New in Town

    I am appalled by the informality of the chart! It must have been drawn by an American!

    Sorry, but I got tempted :)

    Well, to be honest for 1953 a "VIP in town" category and suggesting that the best you can do for daytime is a dark grey suit is almost appalling. The British First Lord of the Treasury (aka as PM) still wore frock coat and top hat if the occasion demanded formality.
    Aside from that a nice chart.

    Phileas Fogg

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