Here’s a find from a 1926 issue of Motion Picture Classic, featuring the very-popular Ramon Novarro (who appears to be sporting a little mustache). Just about anyone loves to sigh over that elegant ’20s evening wear, from the silk top hats to the dresses dripping with pearls. Here’s a breakdown on how much it took for your average male movie star to look like the Toast of the Town:
$430? Let’s see, adjusted for inflation that would be…a mere $5682 today! Which means that the reasonable-sounding $10 top hat was actually around $130. Those fine leather “pumps”? Close to $200. Hmm, maybe you’ll just take the more reasonable $3 white silk handkerchief…and that’ll be $40, ya mug!
That’s all just a single outfit, too. Someone like Douglas Fairbanks, who was often on Top Ten Best Dressed lists, possessed something in the range of 70 suits, 50 pairs of shoes and 300 neckties…for starters.
These were all constructed from the finest materials, of course, and meant to last. Although it does make you realize that just the wardrobes of some of these stars probably equalled the annual salaries of a few dozen average Joes!