Sometimes we wish we could go back and live in a different time. Maybe a time without cellphones, or even cars. Looking back on the decades one can see different fashion and lifestyles in each one. How did people decide what to wear and how to live?
These ideals and styles came from what was going on in the world around them during that time. All decades, when given a deeper look, have amazing fashion that reflects the lifestyle and issues around the world. A decade that is a favorite of mine is the 1920’s.
We are going to explore the fashions and what made the trends of the 20’s. The best part of this era to me, is how women became more independent, they were finally liberated.
Women had a voice and they were using it and expressing themselves like they never had before.
The conventional women was no more. According to Women in the 1920’s, ladies cut their hair, listened to jazz, and criticized the older generation. These ladies were known as Flappers.
Images from: Lingbe.com, Flappers: Brave, sensual and rebel girls.
World War I influenced the lifestyle change for women. During World War I, women took on jobs that men would normally have. They went to work for the war and this changed the women’s roles and expectations in society.
Women were then given the right to vote on August 18, 1920. They were able to go to college, drive cars, and continue to work. Women had a voice, it made a change, and that is history.
Women’s liberation and voice led to a new found freedom and independence. They were going out to Speakeasy’s and expressing themselves through jazz inspired dance. Women were smoking in public, and showing themselves off in different ways. The book, The Great Gatsby, refers to the 1920’s as the “anything goes” era.
This liberated lifestyle was expressed throughout the fashion worn by women in the era.
Women traded in traditional clothing of long dresses and tight corsets for short skirts and bobbed hairstyles.
1920’s Fashion for Women, states women’s fashion trends were also influenced by the art movements of the era. This includes Surrealism, Impressionism and Art Deco. The art consisted of strong colors and geometric shapes that conveyed the “modern” look.
Art Deco image from:Ebay, Art Deco Vintage Wallpaper
Surrealism image from: Artsy.net, how the surrealist movement shaped the course of art history.
Impressionism image from: Erin Hanson, ArtsArtistArtwork.com
The Hollywood movies, the glamorous movie stars, the changing role of women, the rise in Consumerism and mass advertising during the prosperous period of the Roaring Twenties saw a fashion boom in America.
Velvet silks, and furs were treasured by the wealthy and cotton and wool were in abundance.
The straight curve-less cut was a popular silhouette of the time. The style was featured in tailored suits for the working women and dresses worn by Flappers. The waist was no longer accentuated, and the style took on more of a boyish look. The Bell-Shaped hat was a staple accessory trend in the 20’s.
The new accent was on the legs. Women were out dancing, they were more sexually liberated than ever. Legs were flying and women needed shoes to go along with that. T-Straps became popular to make for a secure dancing experience.
This was a life changing era for women and that is why it remains my favorite. The fashion reflected society in so many ways and I love to look back on it. It is interesting to see when and how women broke out of their shell.