Men's fashion over the past few decades has changed jus as much as women's fashion; fashion changes. Fashion is not just what clothes you wear, but how you wear them-from head to toe, so that includes your hair, and a great example of how fashion has changed is hairstyles: in the early start of the new millennium, from around the year 2000 to about 2005, spiky hair with an excessive amount of gel was the big thing-not anymore. Things change.
A review of men's fashion over the past few decades is not meant to explain what's hot and what's not. Instead, a review of men's fashion over the past few decades is to explain that yes, there have been changes, and no, spiky hair is dead. Fashion comes and goes. Just look at Miley Cirus, who has started bringing back the 80's look for preteens through zebra stripes, bright and loud colors, and everything else that screams the 80's.
For men, Johnny Depp brought back the fedora in recent years. Shortly afterwards, fedoras were the new big thing. Now, hats in general are in, and fedoras can seem pretentious; men's fashion over the past few decades has changed so rapidly that if you attempt to look fashionable, such as wearing a fedora, there is a chance you'll look like a dork trying too hard.
The Real Change in Men's Fashion Over the Past Few Decades
Fashion is ever changing. Fashion is also incredibly subjective. Maybe you don't wear hats; than Depp did nothing to contribute to your wardrobe. So what's the point? It's not whether you are wearing a hat or not, it's the fact that there's a high chance you know hats are in, and maybe more specifically the fedora, and maybe still that it came from Johhny Depp the celebrity.
What has really changed in over the past few decades in men's fashion is the attitude. Men are being more aware of the fact that fashion is out there, and that fashion might even be for them. Fifty years ago, fashion was all about respect and function-a suit is a suit is a suit, so don't wear any feminine, "panzy" ties or shirts with it; wear a tuxedo shirt only when wearing a tuxedo suit over it; a dress shirt is too formal to go with jeans. Men are expressing themselves more than ever through fashion, be it through fedoras, a loud 80's look through a splash of color, the infamous "emo" craze with black on black on black with black boots and accents of grey, or something in between.
However, because of the change in men's fashion over the past few decades is not all about the clothes you wear but the fact that you are more aware, men are becoming much more self-conscious. A few years ago around 2005, a craze called metrosexualism came to be. To be metrosexual, a man must be worried about manscaping. What are all these words? Metrosexual refers to a straight guy looking so aesthetically pleasing, often through manscaping-the act of excessively shaving, permming, or anything else dealing with hygienic aesthetics involving hair, such as waxing one's face, one's chest, one's arms, one's family jewels, anything else, or a combination to the point that appointments for such grooming is routine-that jokingly puts to question whether a man is straight or homosexual. In other words, men are more aware of how they look. The New York times even suggested that fashion is always changing, but what has really changed in men's fashion over the past few decades is the fact that are questioning whether they look good, and if not, how to change that.
All in all, men's fashion is never the same twice, unless you count a trendy post-modern approach called "retro." However, the fact that you're reading this means you probably are wondering whether the fashion choices you've chosen are correct. Worried about the decorum of your appearance? Should you wear this with that, or that with this, or what's hot and what's not? So, you're question what to wear, and that is what has changed over the past few decades in men's fashion more than men's fashion itself.