Over the past 100 years, men's fashion has seen its share of ups and downs — mostly downs. Really, from the late-60s (thanks, hippies) till just a few days/months/years ago, men have been on a stylish decline. At least that's the story I'm getting with Mode's new video chronicling the evolution of menswear from 1915 to 2015.
Ah, if only getting dressed in the morning were this easy.
The '20s was all jazz, booze and glamour with the world getting sloshed to forget about WWI as our human Ken doll Charlestons his life away.
Then around the half century mark, he ditches the suits and the hats and his tailor for some Marlon Brando/James Dean realness, or basically what every hipster still wears today.
Ken goes mod and monochromatic for the best look in the bunch, before descending into disco hell.
This is also our first glimpse of facial hair and — equally important — chest hair. And speaking of hair, the male perm was by far one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.
Chandler Bing called — he wants his clothes back. Much like the male perm, the '90s goatee hurt more men than it helped.
Can we talk about how Ken knows the entire "Bye, Bye, Bye" dance? Now that I think about it, early *NSYNC had the male perm (Timbo) and the '90s goatee (Fatone) — not to mention nearly every other terrible trend to ever plague men's fashion and grooming, from frosted tips (Bass) to multi-colored white boy braids (Kirkpatrick) to whatever the hell this was. In other words, *NSYNC ruined men's style for an entire decade.
Which brings us to the Canadian tuxedo of the '10s. Beards are back and messenger bags are apparently a thing. Meanwhile, I wouldn't have minded a drop-crotch pant and an oversized graphic tee, but with only three minutes, some looks understandably had to go by the wayside.
This look, however, is always timeless. Check out 100 years of men's fashion in 3 minutes below: