Many American musical movements have been accompanied by stylistic movements: disco in the '70s, grunge in the '90s and hip-hop in the 2000s just to name a few. Mimicking the rise of their musical counterparts, these polarizing trends are in no small part due to the aesthetic choices of the genres’ frontrunners. While punk and rock inevitably left their mark on how we dress, not many genres can rival the continued fashion influence of 1950s Jazz.

Originating in New Orleans around 1910, jazz music quickly swept through America on the heels of swing music and big bands dominating pop culture in the '30s and '40s. As big band style jazz’s popularity began to wane, a new art form was brewing in the heart of Harlem, Bebop. Fast-paced and unpredictable, Bebop was a stark departure from the foremost danceable music of the Swing era. The Bebop movement, closely followed by hard bop, created the foundations for Jazz as we know it and spawned many of the world’s greatest musicians. Predominantly played in swanky nightclubs, '50s Jazz artists were forced to adopt a certain dress code. Yet, the greats added their own unique flair and created a style all their own. Below, we break down some of the greatest to ever do it.