Mens vintage accessoriesJune 30, 2015
Mens vintage accessories are widely collectible. Whether you’re looking at scarves, cravats, neck ties, hats or particularly sunglasses, accessories can be found from every era and to suit every taste.
Mens vintage accessories – neck wear
The term neck wear covers, of course, anything your neck wears. Let’s say you are a fan of those World War One Flying Aces – and who isn’t? If you’re a chap you have the unique advantage of being able to emulate them, not by shooting down the enemy, of course, that’s rather frowned upon outside of wartime you know, but certainly you can grow a fine moustache, source a proper moustache wax, and even drink your tea from a proper moustache cup and saucer.
You can even get a little moustache hair net to cover your upper lip at night, lest it get tangled and droop into your mouth. Not a pretty sight, let me tell you. Now, a moustache hair net certainly comes under the heading of mens vintage accessories, but being rather old and quite niche, we don’t completely fancy your chances of procuring one.
However, should you wish to obtain some other type of authentic accessory for your chosen look, may we suggest a silk flying scarf? There are lots about from the 1970s, I’m not sure why but maybe 1970s chaps wanted to be Flying Aces too. And you may find an original 1914 one. If so, make sure it isn’t yellowed and moth eaten. A Flying Ace is super-spivvy, and wouldn’t go around in holey neck wear. And no, you can’t pretend they’re enemy bullet holes. That’s really taking it all too far.
mens vintage accessories – other neck wear
Other neck wear in mens vintage accessories may be, for example, the bow tie. Excellent for pretending to be a history teacher (wear something novelty, team with tweeds) or a history teacher who’s actually an intrepid adventurer (See: Indiana Jones) Or for evening dress. White or black tie is acceptable, don’t get confused for the waiter.
And definitely don’t make it oversized and floppy, unless you’re Alber Elbaz. That’s his signature look. And as head designer for Lanvin, he can wear what he wants in mens vintage accessories, but let’s be honest. even as a man with the finest fashion resources at his disposal, it looks a bit comedy. Clown like, even. Definitely not quite what you’re after. Unless you have a clown fetish. Then you should go for it.
Unlike flying scarves and even bow ties, ties in mens vintage accessories are a constant in every man’s wardrobe and most men own at least two or three. Since they don’t tend to wear out, lots of vintage ones remain. Cotton, polyester, silk and even knitted wool, they can be skinny or fat according to the era – skinny in the 40s with clothes rationing, super skinny if you were a cowboy with bootlace tie, and super fat kipper ties for the 70s, man, all the better to print those crazy patterns on.
Black ties are common but unlike just about every other item of man’s clothing you’re allowed a bit of colour on your tie – nothing brash or loud but it’s acceptable to choose something other than navy blue or bottle green. Mens vintage accessories don’t get more exciting than this.
Flying Ace. Painting of J. C. Leyendecker, ca 1917
White tie. Advert by J. C. Leyendecker
Equestrian attire. Painting by J. C. Leyendecker.
Black tie and lounge wear. Painting by J. C. Leyendecker
Painting by J. C. Leyendecker