It isn’t hard to see why it is called the “Roaring 20’s.”
World War I just ended and everything seemed alive again! The people in the US were beginning to buy things due to economic prosperity in the 20s and could afford more luxurious clothing.
Advancement in textiles and garment industries with ready-to-wear fashion gave designers opportunities to explore with different types of fabrics and embellishments. Clothing was now more avaliable to the middle class as opposed to just the economic elite.
Due to Prohibition, women began to drink become included in drinking at home and soon began to drink in public at Speakeasies. Their social freedom matched the news styles that were emerging as more revealing, scandalous and with sex appeal.
Dresses were more colorful and shorter than ever. At the beginning of the period, they were long and almost to the floor however by 1925, hemlines rose from an inch below the knee to knee-length by the end of the 20s. Waistline were more “boyish” and dropped to the hips. Eventually they disappeared altogether creating a shift type of dress. The idea body type was a flat chest with no hips and revealing necklines were popular.
Women wore their hair short and cropped it in the famous “page boy” style. They were chic hats that we are used to seeing in the movies. The hats were simple and fit closely to the head which make them appear almost alluring and a woman to showcase her eyes and facial features.
The main rage of the Roaring Twenties, the Flapper, emerged in 1926. The “flapper” seemed to be free from all restraints of the past. She smoked, drank and was publicly sexual with men. A flapper dress was a sleek, short, revealing, typically highly decorated and made for dancing.
Jewelry was plentiful throughout the 20s, particularly long, dangling earrings and long strands or pearl or beads. Cosmetics were also growing to be a more popular form of fashion. Bright shades of lipstick were preferred.
*This post is for a fashion class assignment