The 1920s was considered The Roaring 20’s for a reason
The 1920s was the decade in which fashion entered the modern era. It was the decade in which women first abandoned the more restricting fashions of past years and began to wear more comfortable clothes (such as short skirts or trousers). It was an era that was often referred to as the “roaring 20’s”. With bustles and the typical corsets quickly becoming old news, clothing designers were able to create more innovative styles thus allowing for a greater freedom of expression. Especially during a time of such turmoil and hostilities.
The popular trend toward silk and rayon reflected a taste for luxury in the 1920’s and as a result cotton became less fashionable. Women’s underwear which had been primarily cotton before 1920 was predominantly fashioned from silk and rayon by the end of the decade. Young women in particular discarded cotton underwear for the new materials while older women were slower to change. Likewise city people made the change to the new materials and styles far sooner than country people.
Shoes and stockings assumed a greater prominence now that they were more visible. Silk stockings in all the colors of the rainbow, often with patterns, were designed to match the coordinated outfits of stylish women.
The 1920s and Ensembling
“Ensembling” was part of the new fashion trends and so purses and handbags became fashion items in a co-ordinated fashion statement. Correspondence schools flourished in the inter-war period as people sought to educate themselves and create a better future for themselves and their families. The use of perfumes, cosmetics and toilet preparations skyrocketed due to a massive advertising effort in periodicals, newspapers, and radio.
1920s Fashion for Men
During the 1920s, men’s fashion was to become the start of menswear as we know it today. Since then only minute changes in menswear have surfaced since then. It was a time of classic sophistication with a level of fun that is rarely if ever exposed today. The varying suit colors were mostly neutral with occasional patterns, however the accessories exploded with lucid colors.. What set the men’s suits of the 1920’s apart from other decades was the material and fit.
Suits were mostly made of thick wool or a wool tweed and pants made of wool based flannel which made them heavier than today’s suit materials although lighter than the previous decades. Suit jackets were either single or double breasted and featured 3 or 4 buttons up the front. The top button came to the center of the heart giving way to notch lapels. The highness of the suit lapels is what really sets 1920’s suits apart from suits of other eras.
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