Mark Twain and Tom Wolf have not been the only men to have lamented the drab hues so prevalent in manly attire: now you may add to that list a new name: H. Dennis Bradley. The late Mr. Bradley was a tailor in London's Old Bond Street some time back and he was quite vocal concerning the issue of men's fashions; being a true "man of the cloth", Mr. Bradley was certain that, prior to the unpleasantness of 1914, men's fashions were headed in a healthy and aesthetically sound direction, but when the boys came home, the promise was not kept.
"We may not go back to the rainbow shades and wonderful stuffs of the bucks and the dandies of olden times--do what we will, we live in utilitarian days -but whatever comes do not let us revert to the hideous hues and shapelessness of the Victorian era..."
The color that was so sorely missed finally showed up in 1937; read about it here...
Click here to read a 1929 article about the Dress-Reform Movement.