Actually, that’s a very good point raised in the title. The changing face of men’s fashions is just that, it never really changed has it. For example, there is the design classic of the Mens Farah Clothing and there are very many examples that can be viewed at https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah. If you look at its history the shirt’s design has changed only marginally since its inception in the 1930’s. It seems that with men’s fashions if it isn’t broke then you don’t fix it or at the very least you only change it slightly.
Let’s be realistic, the idea of a changing men’s fashion industry is something that sits totally in the twentieth century. Before that there was just no need for the mass of men to worry. Work wear that you were either given or provided yourself was regular with the suit left for Sunday services and hatches, matches and dispatches or other state occasions like the Monarchs birthday. We only have to look back at stock photography to see that most classes of men looked identical with not a sense of the flamboyant. The suit, based on the suit of armour, was what was worn along with a stout hat. If, however, you were rich and moneyed then there was more opportunity. This goes back to the Middle Ages; it was not every man that would take to the streets with doublet hose and ruff. It would be wrong to think that every man walked around dressed like Sir Walter Raleigh or Sir Frances Drake. It would be more in keeping seeing them all in smocks and woollen trousers though.
As we became more affluent and wealth was distributed a bit better, Men started to have more disposable income in their wallet. They could start to look at more types of clothing and there was also the influence of the freer North American thinking, where the Farah shirt originates in fact. The birth of Modernism began to question the nature of men’s clothes and the 1960’s then took in into the stratosphere introducing them to the concept of colour, even multi-hued ones and the rise of denim as the fabric for the future.
In today’s fashion you are spoilt for choice on fabric options as well as design and styles. Almost anything goes and once it hits the catwalks you can be sure that the high street stores will start to develop their own versions of these garments to sell to the everyday man and woman.