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Womens Fashion

1920’s Fashions for Women1920’s ladies fashions featured brighter and more vibrant colors than fashions from the previous decades, including the Victorian era. Following on from the depressing circumstances of the Great War (Now known as World War 1) and the post war recession, most people were hoping for a better future with greatly improved living conditions. This widespread optimism was publicly expressed in the bright colors of fashionable clothing like dresses, coats, hats, shoes, stockings, handbags and other fashion accessories for the well dressed woman. The 1920’s era was a colorful and liberating time for women, and also for women’s clothing fashions. These changes were manifest in diverse ways as we explain in the summaries and ladies fashion modules that follow below.

Dress and skirt hemlines rose annually throughout most of the twenties decade. After starting from just above the ankle, and gradually rising to knee level, bestbuy001
hems fell again briefly in the late 1920’s; also sleeveless dresses were introduced and became very popular almost immediately. Brighter colors, simpler designs, beads, new synthetic materials like Rayon, new cuts and styling were incorporated in dresses made from considerably less yards of material than had been used previously. French fashion designers established themselves as the leading worldwide trend setters in designing clothing fashions for both women and men. Paper template dressmaking patterns were introduced to make it easier for women to create the new style fashions at home, and correspondence school lessons in dressmaking and millinery became extremely popular with women in the cities and rural communities.

Womens underwear experienced a revolution with the beginning of a major move from restrictive corsets to lighter and more practical underthings that provided increased freedom of movement. The modern style of bra was first introduced in the early 1920’s and rapidly increased in popularity throughout the decade (see the 1925 Nemo flex Bra Advert below as an example).

The new lighter weight and less restrictive fashions, especially undergarments, made it easier for women to play sport, dance the new dances, and drive automobiles. The trendy young “liberated” and fashion conscious women of the 1920’s were known as flappers.

Shoes and stockings became the focus of more attention as fashion items once their visibility increased due to raised hemlines on dresses. The color and designs of footwear and hosiery (stockings) assumed greater importance as part of co ordinated outfits, which led designers and manufacturers to introduce new and varied colors, styles, materials, and patterns. Silk and Lisle stockings in trendy pastel shades were all the rage with women of all ages.

In the 1920’s Womens swimsuits evolved from being dark colored, heavy, baggy and rather ugly encumbrances to form fitting and light weight colorful bathing costumes. However, bureaucratic attitudes to the new bathing suits were much slower to change, leading to well publicized conflicts between female bathers and law enforcement officials.

Ladies Hats started off the 1920’s decade with wide brims and ended up with little or none! Short hair styles meant that close fitting felt cloche hats in colors to match the colorful dress ensembles were more popular than the traditional wide brimmed style of hat (see the illustration below which shows both styles).

Millinery correspondence lessons, like those published by the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, Pa were extremely popular and enabled women to save money by designing and making their own hats, or even start their own millinery business.

Beaded handbags and purses in stunning colors and patterns, lined with satin or silk, were all the rage during the 1920’s. Beaded belts, bracelets and necklaces complemented the pretty handbags and purses. If you couldn’t afford to buy the latest in beaded fashion accessories, you made your own!

1920’s Jewelry designs took their inspiration from, and were influenced by, popular subjects of the day, like nature, the Orient, and ancient Egypt. Simple jewelry designs based on geometric shapes and incorporating semi precious stones were in vogue. Platinum was the “in” metal of the 1920’s. Flappers typically wore long strings of beads. Beautiful jeweled brooches and long pins were used to help hold clothes in position, while also doubling as dress ornamentation.

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1920’s Beaded Handbags and Fashion AccessoriesBeads were used extensively on 1920’s fashion apparel and accessories

Fashion Beading and Beaded Handbags 1920’s Style

Beads have been around for centuries but the art of handcrafting beaded items reached its pinnacle and greatest expression in modern times during the 1920’s when beading was promoted as a popular past time for young and old.

Many fashion accessories of the 1920’s used beads as a major or minor part of their construction or for decoration. Glass, metal, semi precious stones, and even coral beads were used.

Beads were used to a greater or lesser degree in handbags, purses, headbands, belts, necklaces, rings, bracelets, dresses, watch fobs, buckles etc.

Making beaded items for personal use or gifts was a favorite past time for ladies of all ages, and also a popular children’s activity. Soldiers in convalescent homes whiled away dreary hours during their recuperation from war injuries by creating beaded articles for sale.

Many of the beaded items created in the 1920’s have been passed down as family heirlooms, and are eagerly sought by collectors when they come up in estate sales. The beauty is timeless, and although fashions may change, the beauty of hand made beaded articles holds a special fascination for each generation.

1920’s Female Swimwear Fashions1920’s One piece Ladies Bathing Costume1920’s Swimsuits for Women

In the early 1920’s ladies bathing suits looked like the swimsuit in the picture on the right. They were almost neck to knee, one piece, and made from a heavy material like wool. The colors were usually dark colors in order to avoid them becoming transparent when wet. Stockings and bathing shoes made up the bathing attire. The form fitting swimsuit in the picture was not entirely typical perhaps when dry, but not when wet when they often became baggy. Early 1920’s swimsuits tended to be loose fitting. Note the colorful beach robe to preserve modesty.

By the end of the 1920’s ladies swimsuits had evolved into different styles. A tank top reached down to the hips and integrated with a pair of fitted shorts. In keeping with dress fashions, bright colors like red and blue began to replace the browns and blacks, and bathing suits were more close fitting due to the newer materials being used and changing public attitudes.

Official attitudes to women’s swimsuits took considerably longer to change, leading to many well publicized skirmishes with the law.

Ladies Advertisement from 1924Holeproof Advertisement Illustration by Coles Phillips1920’s Fashion Illustrations