After the roaring twenties we’re moving on to the next retro fashion episode: the 1930s! This decade started with “The Great Depression” which effected all aspects in life, including fashion. “The Great Depression” mood was applied into fashion by military inspired shouldered clothing and low, functional heels.
During the 1930s, popular Hollywood actresses like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow introduced a more feminine, glamorous, sophisticated look. The short dresses from the 1920s flapper look were replaced with waist dresses and backless gowns that emphasized the female curves. For the everyday look, women suits became quite popular.
Also sunbathing became more common and beach fashion was adjusted to this development. Swimwear became briefer and often had a scooped back, so women could show off their tanned backs in the evening.
A trip down to fashionable 1930s lane…
The backless gown | 1930s
Another trip down to retro fashion lane after the 1900-1915 retro trip. This time a flashback to the roaring twenties!
The bob, sequined dresses,head bands, fringe and pearls were keywords in that era.
What made the 1920s so roaring? Well, the jazz music became popular and Flappers made their lifestyle statement.
Flappers were young, western women who “rebelled” against the standard morals of the 1920s era. They “bobbed” their hair, wore short skirts and excessive make-up. Their lifestyle included everything that wasn’t considered acceptable behaviour including drinking, smoking and liberal social morals. They redefined the modern woman in the 1920s. And they did it very stylish…
Ziegfeld girls (showgirls on Broadway) | 1922
One of the very first IT girls…Clara Bow
The first episode of fashion through the last century! Looking back from hundred years ago till now, a lot of things have changed and some things stayed the same. One thing is clear: every decade has its own recognizable style.
Starting off this first episode of retro fashion with the decade ca 1900 – 1915. One thing is for sure: lace and pearls are an all time favorite.
Next post in this sequence will be: 1920s.
College style | 1895
Ivory white Court dress| 1899
Shoes | 1900
Celebs then and now…that’s not interesting anymore. Been there (google.com) and seen that.
So we’re going to the next level here. Popular women magazines…then and now. That’s probably something you haven’t seen before. Check out covers of some popular magazines and compare them with their earliest editions.
Magazines vintage style…
Left: 1867 – Right: November 2012
Left: 1883 – Right: November 2012
Left: 1886 – Right: December 2012
Check out this interesting overview of fashion style trough the last three centuries. Obviously there is a big difference between 1775 and 2000.
I’m all for the 1930 and 1947 style. Stylish with fashionable hats.
Do you have any favorites?