As I mentioned before, spats are just old enough to be outdated and generally they are now interesting fodder for costume collectors or clothes history buffs. Nevertheless, I want to elaborate on this accessory a little more. Everyone who wears spats will be critically observed by others, so make sure that your outfit looks spot on.
Morning Coat & Spats
Spats have to fit the shoe exactly, meaning that it must cover the vamp seam without causing wrinkles, and the bottom hem must be fairly horizontal. Spats that are too large or too small simply look ridiculous, so make sure that they fit.
During the summer, chaps in the 1920’s used to wear linen spats, whereas they switched to hopsack spats in the winter.
In regards to color, spats were usually grey, beige or buff for general daywear. The white spats where reserved for wedding days and important horse races. Also, they were exclusively worn during the day, never with a black tie or a white tie ensemble.
Spats used to be combined with formal trousers in plain colors or stripes in grey and black colors. However, they were not appropriate with casual brown or checked trousers.
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Properly Fitting Spats