Bold ways of 1920s costumes
We have a habit of looking up to the older generation; what they did for recreation, what they ate and all else. Writers pen books taking too many cues from books written in earlier times. Similarly, fashion designers also have a tendency to look back in time and find specialties of the older decades. The two most inspirational decades fashion-wise were 1920s and 1960s. Let’s take a look at the 1920s costumes which dominated the scene then.
Enjoying the freedom
Just as a parrot flies away when it finds its cage opened, humans too love the idea of freedom. After the austerities and restrictions of 1910s, and lots of bloodshed during the 1st World War, people found a reason to rejoice in 1920s. Economies scaled upwards and there was a feeling of comfort all over, which influenced the dress code of that era. Also, people were beginning to experiment in different fields, including the clothes industry.
The clothes men preferred
Men found solace in Golf, Badminton and Tennis, games which allowed them to wear light shirts and shorts. Vests, loose cotton shirts and cowboy dresses phased the new style. Even when it came to formal dresses, they said goodbye to the strict-looking pin-striped suits and catered to tweed suits, jackets and linen and cotton shirts (tucked in of course). Yes, they did carry the tradition of neck-ties and double-breasted suits when it came to momentous occasions. The edges were fine and fittings pure, for an austere effect.
The trends women followed
Women lashed out, trying new apparels by the day. The shimmering gowns, shaped to accentuate their figure, were worn with lots of jewelry. The maxi dresses came in different colors and contrasts. Yes, the neck-line would be mostly sedate; a U rather than a V. They wore separates with the top large enough to cover the belt. While the bottom part would have dropped waists, the hemline rarely rose dangerously over the knee. There were always the tunic tops going along with women’s knickers while they remained at home. Also, the stockings was just arriving on the scene.
The defining moment
The defining moment of 1920s costumes came in the second part of the decade. Flapper dresses were introduced, with bricked and frilled top portion (helped with corset) so as to draw attention from the bust line. The dress was loose, had breathability and had its fringes laced or beaded for effect. Women also took to wearing pleated skirts, which allowed fluency in movement. There was yet another popular dress which had plenty of layers as the cloth went down. The eventual end would be symmetrical or not, but it left an impression in both cases. In fact, nowadays, we deal in layers even with our hairstyles.
They would wear long sleeves, but the firebrands didn’t shy away from wearing slit sleeves, or even clothes. For casuals, they would wear cotton vests (tight or loose), tops or even shirts to go with sweatpants. The presence of suspenders accorded grace and sternness to their appearance.
Advent of liberation
Bob hairstyles came in fashion in those times and were later on tried by many famous personalities. It was a clear symbol of women’s liberation, signifying that women were ready to match men in all aspects of life. Yes, there still was cultural bar everywhere, putting a check on revealing clothes. One cannot still argue that there were lots of experiments with fabrics to create 1920s costumes.
It can be safely said that 1920s costumes started a trend of freedom and innovation which continues even today in many places of the world. It has become one of the most popular costumes in Australia, United States, UK and many more other countries. Oh the wonderful ways of man and his maid!