Men's Clothing

Since the dawn of mankind, fashion has been prevalent. Once used for protection from the planet’s harshest elements, it has transformed over millions of years into a system of style capable of showcasing rank and fortune, void of the substance that once surrounded the hallmarks of true sartorialism.

In a world where prehistoric beasts roamed the land, and savage elements ripped winds, snow, and rain down on the Paleolithic nomads as they scavenged for food and shelter, they adapted to the conditions by using the skins of animals, leaves of trees and nature’s fibers to craft clothing and footwear to help them win the war against mother nature.

At this time, experts believe that fashion was expressly functional and had nothing to do with confidence or appearance. Although some historians contend that the leaders of clans would reserve the very best hides for themselves, it’s believed that this was strictly due to the harsh climate and terrain, and not for the purpose of distinguishing themselves as being the ruler of their tribe.

For many centuries, men’s fashion didn’t change significantly despite our own evolution. As nomads turned into settlers and began to harvest crops, new forms of dress emerged. Animals were herded and no longer did the patriarch have to rely on basic hunting techniques. Now, these men had the ability to be far more selective based on what they bred and what they were able to trade.

As groups of settlers began to flourish in flocks, villages were formed, and leaders surfaced. Whether elected by the masses or dictated by force, leaders took charge of their community, and like the caveman reserved the very best goods for themselves and those in their family. Soon, the style would begin to form, and leaders became known by a uniform of sorts. Rank and fortune became prevalent, and just as gold is favored over tin, it became relatively easy to distinguish a peasant from a potentate.

Ancient Egypt was probably the first indisputable sign that men’s fashion had overtaken the fundamental purposes of clothing. Egyptian rulers reigned over their subjects like no other. Style was quickly adopted as a weapon to intimidate and influence those beneath him. Uniforms were created for soldiers and all officers serving under the Pharaoh. Jewels and precious materials became obvious advantages showcasing social status, and the use of artifacts adorned to clothing became a clear indicator of royalty, leadership, and wealth.