Dressing for School: Teen Blogger Robert I. Brown on 1930s Fashion
Maybe I should be ashamed to admit this, but when I watched The Great Debaters, my aunt had to remind me that it was a film about a college debate team overcoming racism. I was stuck on one thing and one thing only: old wardrobe.
From the newsboy caps and bow ties to the suspenders and suits, it all looked good to me. I was fascinated by an era where younger men dressed immaculately—even for daily college life. During the 30s—a period with fashion that makes me wish I had a time machine— African Americans took dressing more seriously than they do today. You can see it in a scene that takes place at Harvard. While the Wiley College debaters relax in a dorm room, Henry Lowe (played by Nate Parker), is dressed in a white Henley, suspenders, and pressed trousers—I only wish I looked as good while lounging at home. After a disagreement with his team, he storms out of the building, throwing on a newsboy cap and his sport coat as he goes. He finds himself rewarded for his efforts when he walks into a bar and finds a lady there. They catch eyes, and she gives him a gorgeous smile.
I'll let you decide whether it was his clothes or something else. Whatever the case, I truly believe all ladies enjoy the well dressed.
—Robert I. Brown
Previously: Introducing Robert I. Brown: Teen Fashion Blogger Extraordinaire
Robert I. Brown on What Makes Italian Men So Stylish
Robert I. Brown's Spring Wish List
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