With the Great Depression affecting many women during the 1930s, it was less common to buy new clothes. A way to still look glamorous while spending less was investing in accessories. A nice pair of shoes or a new hat could add a pop of panache to just about any look. As with clothing and hairstyles, many women were inspired by what they saw at the cinema. The looks of Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford or Jean Harlow could influence wardrobe choices. Discover more about 1930s women’s accessories below.
The cloche hat of the 1920s remained popular up until about 1933. But as the decade went on, more asymmetrical, masculine-inspired styles became popular. The slouch hat (or Panama hat as it is known today) was widely popular during the ’30s as well as wide-brimmed straw hats worn during the summer time. Hats were very important to a women’s look.
1930s Shoe Styles for Women
During The Depression, women’s heels styles became wider and lower compared to the 1920s. Most heels were between 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall. Again, Oxfords were worn often by women. But what made the 1930s stand out from other decades is that the shoes had many decorative elements. Many shoes saw cut-outs as well as two-tone decorations.
Gloves – Day & Evening
Many women wore gloves in the 1930s. During the day, it was normal to wear short gloves (no longer than the wrist). While in the evening, elbow-length styles were popular. Matching gloves with shoes or handbags was seen as stylish.
In the 1930s, costume jewelry was popular due to it being inexpensive and considered disposable. Coco Chanel is often credited with creating costume jewelry. Art deco still had an influence on designs in the earlier part of the decade but as the years went on, more simple styles were preferred. Contrasting colors, big and bold gems were all trends of the decade.
Get the Look: 1930s Accessories
Add a touch of retro glamour to your look with these 1930s inspired accessories. From gloves to hats, why not look to the past for your look today?