Men's Style Expert Reacts to "The Godfather" – Menswear Review of the Classic Coppola Film

Our review of “The Godfather” (1972) and what its costumes get right (and wrong!) about classic men’s style:

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→ Black Bow Tie in Silk Satin:
→ Dark Red Carnation Boutonniere:
→ White Linen Pocket Square:
→ Silk Satin Cummerbund in Black:
→ Cashmere Wool Grenadine Tie in Orange, Gray Wide Stripe:
→ Shadow Stripe Ribbed Socks Burgundy and light grey:
→ Houndstooth Bourette Silk Tie in Burgundy Red Cream:
→ Silk Tie in Jacquard Burgundy Red with White Polka Dots:
→ Burgundy Silk Wool Pocket Square with Paisley & shoestring edge:
→ Grey Socks with Light Grey and Black Clocks:

→ How To Tie A Bow Tie:
→ Suit vs. Tuxedo: The Ultimate Guide:
→ Black Tie Guide:
→ Rental Tuxedos: How Bad Are They?:
→ Shirt Stays & Collar Stays Guide:
→ Men’s Hat Etiquette Guide:
→ The Derby Shoe & Blucher Guide:
→ Men’s Dress Shirt Style Guide:
→ History of the Suit:
→ The Ivy Style Primer:
→ How to Pair Gray & Red:
→ Flat Cap Guide:
→ Morning Dress: Dress Code:
→ Black Suits for Men: Should You Wear Them?:
→ Shirt Collar Styles for Men:

→ Script: Tyler Domecq & Sven Raphael Schneider
→ Camera: Chris Dummer
→ Editing: Jonathan Oster
→ Paramount Pictures
→ Universal Pictures International
→ SBTV: Fashion

→ Ralph Lauren

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00:00 Introduction

As many of our frequent readers know, we are passionate about classic men’s style, especially historic clothes. So, today, we’ll take a closer look at the outfits and suits in the original Godfather film from 1972. We’ll try to point out things that are off, note certain details, and what we could have maybe improved.

The Godfather Style Review
01:10 Don Vito Corleone – The Godfather – Black Tie (Tuxedo)
08:08 Vito’s Gray-Brown Country Suit
10:08 Vito’s Outerwear: Hats, Overcoats & More
11:14 Vito’s Dark, Formal Double-Breasted Suit
13:07 Vito’s Casual Outfits
14:58 Michael Corleone – Vito’s Youngest Son – Military Uniform
15:40 Michael’s “Ivy League” Outfits
18:57 Michael’s Gray Business Suit
19:57 Michael’s Outfits in Italy (Casual & Wedding Suit)
21:10 Michael’s Gray Striped Suit & Homburg Hat
22:47 Sonny Corleone – Eldest Corleone Son – Black Tie (Tuxedo)
24:41 Sonny’s Casual/Street Outfit
25:35 Sonny’s “Final” Suit
26:18 Fredo Corleone – Middle Corleone Son – Black Tie (Tuxedo)
27:05 Fredo’s Other Outfits: Vegas Looks & More
29:02 Tom Hagen – the consigliere, and then later the lawyer of the family

31:28 How accurate are The Godfather’s costumes?

They want to get that classic feel of the 1940s, but there are definitely some 60s and 70s influences, and it’s overall not a hundred percent historically accurate.

The British, on the other hand, are just miles ahead in that department. And sometimes, the outfits are a bit oversized. If you look at the suits of the B-cast or the C-cast, you can sometimes see really wide lapels and low gorges, which is not something you would have seen like that in the 1940s. So, part of the 70s modern trends made their way into the movie.

Some of the ties in the movie are worn quite a bit longer than they would have been worn in the 1940s, but in the late 60s in the US, Ralph Lauren had these super wide ties, but if you go back in time, ties were a lot shorter than they are today, and they were oftentimes, they ended the belly button, which in combination, they were designed for high-waisted trousers.

So, they got far and they tried to use the more high-waisted pants but with the longer ties so it doesn’t quite mix as well.

32:43 Outfit Rundown


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