Vintage fashion: The “Great Depression” 1930s

August 3, 2013 | Vintage Fashion | 0 comments

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
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Glamorous evening gown | 1930s
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  Fur and gloves | 1930s
Retro vintage fashion 1930s
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Padded shoulders and pearls to accessorize | 1930s
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 Female suit | 1938
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  Swimsuit photography in Vogue magazine | 1939
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 Swimsuit fashion | 1930s
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Retro vintage fashion 1930s
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Comfortable low heels…Shoe fashion ad  | 1937
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 Ladies underwear | 1934
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Stockings | 1930s
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And ofcourse the pearls never left…Showed here by madame Chanel herself | 1930s
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Suit up Hollywood style | 1936
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