With the advent of the women's vote,
women strove for equality by doing things traditionally reserved for men. Like driving a car, playing golf, smoking and drinking
or even travel to far off exotic places alone!
The fashions also reflected this emancipation. Women were not only wearing trousers more often but were actually wearing men's trousers and sports jackets, plus fours, cloth hats, etc.
But evening wear still was the domain of femininity.
However,designs were more daring and sexier.
Thinner materials and satin like feels with dazzling beads and diamantes, dangled beads that drew attention to the breasts and low backs that accentuated the curve of a womans back. Even the new brassiere of the 1910s was abandoned to a thin crop top or nothing at all!
But these were women who wanted to flaunt their stuff, freely and without restraint and
the evening gowns reflected this.
Exoticism was also a highlight in fashion due to the 1928 discovery of Tutumkarmens tomb by archaeologists. All things Egypt was Chic!
As too were Chinese & Turkish fabrics styles as travel became a pursuit of the masses.
For men the look was sporty.
Hunting, fishing, golf, tennis, driving, flying a plane, travel,the pursuits of rich men became available to ordinary working class guys as the
weekend and holidays became available to workers.
Swimming, gymnastics and sports were
popular pursuits and so the fashions reflected this 'sporty look' for men and women.
Plus fours no longer reserved for golf were worn as a fashion statement saying
'' I have time for leisure''
Cloth hats and driving gloves, leather jackets , fur coats were the clothes of a modern man who drove a motor car. Tweed, stripes and hounds tooth patterned fabrics gave everybody the panache of the upper classes.
The 1920s above all else, was to this post war generation, primarily about youth and optimism.
1920s Bohemian Scarf 'Oriental' style in
Silk crepe georgette batik
Egyptian Inspired Outfit
1920s Actress Louise Brooks wearing the 20s style orientalism
Oriental fabrics & trousers
An everyday photo of 1920s fashionable men
Hip women in mens socks & ties
showing off their knees!
1920s female motor car enthusiasts
1920s Evening Glamour
1920s Mens Fashion
1920s Lingerie & Swimwear
Pin-ups & Vamps
Silent Movie Stars
Jazz Musicians & Singers
& Free-Form Dancers
In the 1920s, hats were worn very low and full to the sides. The Cloche and Bucket Hat were firm favorites among the moderns.
The fussy huge hats of the Edwardian era were for the dust bin!
All the 'smart'girls wanted to actuate their eyes & face not there huge mounds of hair., which they have just recently 'bobbed' off.
This is mostly because of the movies.
In the time before the talkies, the movies accentuated the eyes of the actors to enable communication on screen. Huge hats were a problem for this, so the much smaller hat which accentuated the eyes by framing the face became the ideal. This became hugely sexy for both males & females to wear. So everyone wanted hats like movies stars.
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