Our recent post “In Praise Of Style And Grace” brought about some brisk discussion on Facebook, mostly on matters of proportion when it came to lapel and tie widths back in the day. For the first half of the ’50s they were fairly neutral, and by the late ’60s they had already swept back to neutral and inching towards wide.
Facebook member and frequent commenter Carmelo stepped in with samples from his extensive image collection, showing the arc of proportions across the decade of the 1950s. Around 1957, he feels, is when things started to get skinny.
The final image says it all: “Only seven years but worlds apart.” That’s fashion. — CC