Hi my dear readers! I hope you all had a lovely holiday break and are inspired to make 2018 your year to shine. Remember that another year = another thrilling chapter of your life. On today’s blog, I will be taking you back to the past as always; the time period being the “Roaring Twenties.” 1920s fashion was a pivotal moment in American history as it was a way for newly independent women to show off their free-spirited attire that now showcase their freedom from a once-conventional society. Gone were the traditional long dresses that covered the ankles and the uncomfortable tight corsets. The 1920s gave birth to shorter hairstyles, unisex clothing, shorter dresses, camisoles, and many more modern items. This period set the foundation for the clothing we will continue to see in 2018.
Up first, is the famous short-style dress that most women sported. From flapper dresses to loose silky dresses, the one thing most dress attire now had in common was that they were shortened which was very different from the long Victorian ball gown that reached all the way to the ground. Now, women sported a variety of dress lengths including ones that reached the knee or to the calf. Dresses were also now widely available in bright colors (green, red, yellow) rather than traditional, mundane colors. In a way, we still see the foundation of short, colorful dresses in the fashion we wear today by how most casual dress attire is short and have playful patterns such as flowers and sequins.
Second, we have the unisex pant wear that began trending in women’s fashion. Just like its name states, “Knicker Sport Pants” were worn when women participated in sports such as tennis and riding horses. These pants were comfortable and developed the “boyish” style that became popular in 1920s’ youth culture. Famous people such as first commercial female airline pilot Helen Richey embraced this clothing piece. Now that bell bottom jeans are coming back into style, it is safe to say that “knickers” began the foundation for female pant wear.
Head accessories became popular during the Roaring Twenties. From the embellished straw hats to elegant headbands worn during formal dinners, head accessories allowed women to personalize their own styles even more while keeping it simple at work or at home. (Fun fact: King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1924, and they found a headband. After that, everyone wanted to look like royalty, of course!) Hats and headbands are still going strong today.
Well that’s it for this blog post of Vintage Soul. Until next time, my friends!