How to Look Like a 1950s Chicago Gangster
By: Liz Flynn
If you are attending a costume party or simply looking for a new look, then the style of a 1950s gangster is one of the simplest to emulate. It is also one of the cheapest options as you are likely to already possess many of the items needed to look like a true Chicago gangster.
A Business Suit
Most gangsters in the 1950s wore a business suit. This gave them an air of importance and made them appear smart. Those with money preferred suits made from wool. The slim style of suit that is making a fashion comeback now was popular at this time and the suits usually had two or four buttons. A pinstripe, grey or black suit is perfect for recreating the gangster style. Don’t forget to wear the waistcoat.
A Skinny Tie
Gangsters always wear a tie, though the type of tie changed through the decades. During the 1950s, slim ties were the most fashionable choice and the gangsters liked to keep up with the latest fashions.
One of the most distinctive features of the 1950s gangster look is the hats. Fedoras were the type of hat that was popular with both The Chicago Outfit and with many men during this era. Brown and black fedoras were the most common choice.
Any gangster worth his salt smokes a cigar. Nobody would expect you to take up this unhealthy habit for the sake of perfecting the look, so you can just fake this step by making a pretend cigar or buying a fake one from a joke or costume shop.
Perfect Your Facial Expressions
Getting the ‘gangster look’ is not just about the clothes you wear; it is also about your facial expressions and body language. You should carry yourself with an air of confidence and perfect the lip-curl. Other traits to perfect include a casual lean, narrowing your eyes and avoiding smiling.
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