The 1920’s was a time of change when it came to women’s fashion – and we have the lovely Coco Chanel to thank for that, aside from other designers of the time. Women had long been restricted to wearing clothing that was completely uncomfortable, undesirable, and quite honestly, restricting to the point where some women would pass out from wearing corsets and things of the like. It was a time for reinventing the fashion world, where women were not only allowed to wear pants socially for the first time ever, but also, it became socially acceptable for a woman to wear a skirt that showed a little bit of leg. Today, Lionesse takes a deeper look into the 1920’s style women everywhere came to know and love.
During the early years of the 1920’s, although new fashions began to emerge, many women were reluctant to wear these fashions due to the fear of them not being socially acceptable enough as of yet. They didn’t want to be judged or have people form opinions about their style, or form opinions about them as a person. It seems as soon as the year 1925 hit, women were embracing the style of the ‘roaring 20’s’ even more, pursuing various forms of flapper styled dresses and more form fitting, shorter dresses. They were also able to wear pants for the first time, in a socially acceptable form.
Skirts with pleats were very popular in the 20’s, and they were worn by younger girls in their teen years, all the way up to women in their early to mid-20’s. They were usually worn in a brown or black color scheme, sometimes also being seen in white, and many times, they would wear straight lined styled shirts, which provided a delicate finish to the look.
Cloche hats were extremely popular in the 1920’s where they got their beginnings. Women would actually go so far as to get a bob haircut to wear with their cloche hat, which got it’s beginnings in the early 20’s, yet women didn’t really fully embrace the idea of cutting their hair into a shorter fashion until well into the late 20’s when it was much more socially acceptable. Before this time, women were expected to have long, wavy hair and usually worn it pinned up in an updo fashion of some sort, and wore it down at night time in the evening for their husband.
Lingerie and Undergarments
During the mid to late 1920’s, one piece lingerie got its beginnings. Women would go lingerie shopping with their friends, to find the perfect pieces to wear underneath their regular garments. It was during the era after World War 1 that camisoles and bloomers were introduced into women’s underwear regime, and the ‘boyish figure’ was something to be coveted. These camisoles of this era were made to flatten the breasts and give a thinner appearance, typical of the boyish figure most women were seeking.
Rolled stockings were typical of the 1920’s. In our day and age, we would call these knee highs.
Dropped Waist Dresses
Many dresses during this time were crafted with a dropped waist design, and extra width at the hips to conceal the hips on larger women. This design was also very comfortable and welcomed by women who were used to fitting into tight corsets and uncomfortable, unattractive dresses.
Tunic tops were a huge hit in the 20’s. They gained popularity in the late 20’s, and were typically paired with a skirt reminiscent of the time frame. Tunic sweaters and tops were typically made to a hip length, and could be paired with skirts or breeches, a form of pants, during this era.