The movies that changed the way men dress

A few movies have come out over the years that have changed the way men dress. Some of these movies were about fashion, and others were simply about how men present themselves to the world. In this blog post we will look at some of the most influential films when it comes to menswear.

The suit

Long before reality TV and social media, there was the silver screen. Movie stars have always been fashion icons, and their styles have had a significant impact on men’s fashion. The suit in particular has undergone a significant transformation thanks to the films. The classic American look became popular with actors like James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in the 1930s and 1940s.

However, it was not until the 1960s that the suit came into its own as a fashion statement. Thanks to movies like “The Thomas Crown Affair” and “Bullitt,” the suit became synonymous with style and sophistication. And what man has not admired the delicate style of James Bond when he ordered his martini shaken, not stirred. Men began experimenting with different cuts and fabrics, and the suit quickly became an essential part of any stylish man’s wardrobe.

T-shirt and jeans

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when men did not wear jeans and t-shirts. In the early 1900s, menswear was all about suits and ties. That all changed with the release of two groundbreaking films: “The Wild One” and “Rebel Without a Cause”. These films showed men in a new light, and for the first time, they dressed in casual clothes like jeans and t-shirts. The trend quickly caught on, and soon men all over the world dropped their suits and ties for a more casual look. Today, jeans and t-shirts are considered staples in every man’s wardrobe, and it all started with two groundbreaking films.

Relaxed Fridays

While many factors have contributed to the way men dress today, it is safe to say that movies have played a role in shaping men’s fashion. In particular, we can trace the emergence of casual Fridays back to a handful of movies. The first is “The Untouchables,” in which Kevin Costner’s character, Eliot Ness, drops his formal suit to get a more casual look while leading a team of Prohibition-era lawyers. This film was released in 1987 when the business world was still reasonably formal. But thanks to “The Untouchables,” men began to see that disguise might be acceptable in certain situations.

Another movie that helped popularize Relaxed Fridays is “Office Space.” In this cult classic from 1999, the employees of a software company rebel against their worldly lives by wearing jeans and t-shirts at work. This movie showed men that it was okay to dress casually on Fridays, and the trend quickly took hold. Today, relaxed Fridays are a staple in many workplaces, and they can be largely attributed to the influence of movies.

Go out clothes

Anyone who has ever walked into a nightclub or seen a Hollywood movie knows that there is a specific dress code to go out. Men are expected to wear well-fitting clothes that show their best qualities, and women are expected to wear flashy dresses and high heels. Although this standard has been in place for decades, a few movies have changed the way men dress for a night on the town. Saturday Night Fever popularized the disco look. American Gigolo made Armani suits and designer men’s shoes an essential part of any wardrobe. The hangover showed that sometimes the best way to stand out is to wear a simple, clean suit.

The ditch

Now one can no doubt say that there have been a few films with a negative impact on men’s fashion. One such film is “The Matrix,” which popularized the “black leather trench coat” look but never really took off. Not only is this look impractical and uncomfortable, but it also tends to make men look like bullies or criminals instead of the cute action heroes they want to be.


As you can see, movies have profoundly influenced men’s fashion. From changing the way we dress, to inspiring new trends, movies have played a significant role in shaping how men look. So the next time you buy clothes, take a moment to think about the movies that have influenced your style. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some new inspiration in the cinema.

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