STYLE ERA: The Roaring 20's

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The Roaring 20's
Written by D-Xired Diamond
(Pronounced: Desired Diamond)
Tweaked by Ms. LeBlanc 

 Handsome, young Gilbert Roland

Like fellow Vintage Vixen, Ms. LaTasha B. of D-Xired Diamond blog, 1 of my most favorite style Era's is also the 1920's ("Roaring Twenties"). As we gear up for LeBlanc FaBouche': A Closet Jane Holiday Party, I have been finding inspiration EVERYWHERE. Latisha's article captured my inner excitements and our similarities could lead us to being blogger buds. Here's her awesome breakdown of The Roaring 20's.

Also known as the Jazz Age! Unlike [later] in the 1950's when the sexy feminine figures were in, the 1920's preferred the boyish figure---Yes, the complete opposite of the pin-up's, I know----I guess I will blame it on my dual personality. I like the 50's feminine, pin up style and then the 20's boyish, flapper style (like me!)

Style Icon's

Josephine Baker, of course!

Other 20's Style Icons:
TOP: Gilda Fitzgerald, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Delores Del Rio
BOTTOM: Marcy Pickford, Anna Mary Wong, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Jaynet Gaymore

1920's Makeup 
Cream rouge circling the cheekbones, eyebrows plucked and thinly penciled in and pale powder. Vivid red lipstick were used to emphasize the “Cupid’s bow” of the upper lip, and to exaggerate the width of the “P” on the lower lip. Thus creating what we now know as the “Rosebud Pout”.

Depicting Porcelain Dolls
The 20's Look
Boyish look/figures - The 1920's ditched the corset and the ideal figure was flat-chested and somewhat boxy.
Undergarments, such as bras and slips, were first used in the 1920's. A flat chest was preferred to a large one, following with the boyish trend. Many women preferred thin elastic webbing Lastex girdles that flattened the abdomen.
Suspenders were attached to the girdles, the chemise, bloomers, or camisoles were employed in place of the corset.
Rayon stockings became popular in the 1920's as a substitute for silk stockings.
Colorful silk tights also came back into fashion for those who could afford them.

Sport Uniforms 
Men's fashion relied heavily on athletic uniforms. Of course, the fashionable athletics of the 1920's were tennis and golf, leading to high socks and sweaters. For the sporting guy of the 20’s, a trendy was usually made up of a pair of linen knickers, a bow-tie and a V-necked sweater.

Famous 20's golfer Bobby Jones

The Cloche 
The iconic beautiful hat of the 1920's, for women
Cloche hats were bell shaped and often had embellishments such as flowers, ribbon, feathers. The women's hats of the 1920's are just plain chic. They make any woman instantly look like a movie star with bedroom eyes. The close, simple, cropped nature of the hat is dramatic, yet simple. Foreheads were unfashionable in the 1920's.

Louise Brooks Dressed in Cloche Hat

The Felt Fedora 
and a nice suit 
 The felt fedora and a nice suit was all the rage of the 1920's for men. Since [the new] flapper and movie starlets were the focal point of the era, most fellas went for a simple look. The felt Fedora had to be almost perfect to pull off this effortless and timeless look [KL]
Fred Astaire in suit and Fedora
Frank Sinatra in fedora and suit
Leather Helmets - Because of the popularity of WWI fighter pilots, both men and women became highly fond of wearing the pilot-style leather helmets.

Art Deco 
 Art Deco was introduced in the 1920s as a protest against the Art Nouveau style. The Art Deco style is a very famous and popular art movement that had a lot influence in the world of jewelry. The Art Deco movement introduced styles that often focused on bold colors and geometric shapes.

Art Deco platinum & diamond encrusted piece of jewellery

Backless Dresses 
While the Western world wasn't quite ready for cleavage, they were totally fine with back fat!  Dresses kept high collars in the front, but had very low cut backs.

Wrapover Coats 
The 1920s coats often wrapped to just one side fastening which was a feature of the garment. The coat fastening was either a huge button or some complex tab and buckle. Many coats had shawl fur collars. And the trend for coordinating coat linings with dress fabrics started at this time this was not only a trend due to fashion but  it was a trend due to need. During prohibition, women could hide many illegal bottles of alcohol in a large coat! My type of party!!

1920's Hair 
The Bob:
 Long hair was associated with virtue and maidenhood, so when the ladies of the 1920s started hacking their hair off, there were deeply ingrained social norms causing the shock. Women wore their hair short and cropped in the famous "page boy" style. Flappers chopped off their long locks in favor of a bob, a haircut where the hair is cut straight to frame the chin with bangs. Hair was first bobbed, then shingle bobbed.

Fingerwaves - After the hair was bobbed, it was waved with fingers!

Eton Crop (1926-27) - An Eton crop was considered daring and shocked some older citizens, since hair had always been thought of as a woman's crowning glory.

Smoking - All those fiesty flappers started smoking in public, which was considered crass, masculine, and unacceptable for women.

Bright Colours - Fashion of the 1920s was much brighter than previous fashions.

Shoes - T-bar shoes with buckles and bows and straps. The Mary Jane ankle strap button shoes were the style of the twenties.

Designers - Coco Chanel
Our queen mother of classic feminine style made her fashion debut by opening a small boutique of (the now signature tweed) skirt suits in Paris, France, during the 1920's. By the following decade she was the most sought after fashion house of the era. 

Swimsuits - 1920s fashion saw bathing suits become more revealing as women started to express their new freedom. Bathing suits were either short taffeta outfits – favored by older women – or tight, sleeveless woolen tank suits with pre-fitted undershorts which only covered down to the mid-leg. Bathing caps became a necessity as ladies needed to protect their bobbed hair styles from getting wet. People of this era also became interested in health-foods and exercise. Sun baking also became popular for many.

Elegant evening attire - Evening clothes were elegant and made from luxurious materials such as silks, taffetas, chiffon and velvets. Many were tailored with long trailing sashes or asymmetric hemlines. In most cases, ladies didn’t wear hats during the evening, but rather used stylish hair combs, bandeaux and jewelry.

The Flapper Dress
Flapper dresses were all the rage for women in 1920's fashion. A flapper dress was a sleek, sack-like form that could be very short or very long. It was usually highly decorated and made for dancing. The neckline tended to be square or straight; spaghetti straps were very popular. Flappers did not truly emerge until 1926, however, Flapper fashion embraced all things and styles modern. 
A fashionable flapper : had short sleek hair, a shorter than average shapeless shift dress, a chest as flat as a board, wore make up and applied it in public, smoked with a long cigarette holder, exposed her limbs and epitomised the spirit of a reckless rebel who danced the nights away in the Jazz Age.

"I hope that you enjoyed reading about my second favorite style decade!  --Love always, LaTasha B."

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