The 1920’s were an important decade for fashion. Much of the decade became known for its loose silhouettes for woman and is often credited for ushering in the modern dress era. In lieu of the stuffy, Victorian looks of the past, the 1920s showcased more comfortable looks. Initially embraced by younger women, as the decade progressed, the new looks were worn by various ages. The flapper dress often defines the decade with a long shift silhouette as well as low necklines that flattered more “boyish” figures. Although today we think of flapper dresses including fringe, that was not the case. Flappers of the 20’s were more likely to wear beaded or embroidered styles.
1920s Fashion for Women
Swimwear also saw a reinvention during this decade. Instead of difficult petticoats, women wore one-piece swimsuits made of wool. When it comes to lingerie, undergarments also had a makeover. The chemise became a popular piece to wear during this decade as well as stockings.
For beauty, the 1920’s introduced the popularization of short, boyish cuts. Actresses like Louise Brooks became popular for wearing the bob–a short hairstyle that reaches the chin. But for longer hairstyles, curls and waves were on-trend. Makeup introduced more portable cosmetics like blush and lipstick. The cupid’s bow look was popular for lips with the top lip made smaller than the natural lip line and an overdone bottom.
For footwear, the Mary Jane and t-strap style became popularized for special events. The shoes embraced straps so they could stay on easily and often stood at 2 to 3 inches tall. And for more casual wear, women wore oxfords and saddle heels.