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And for some reason unknown to anyone, we all liked to wear them with denim mini skirts, a la Britney Spears above. Tres chic except not. We were also really into logo tees, which now just make me cringe. The most popular ones were from Abercrombie and Hollister, because as I said, they were enjoying a moment. Polos in general were everywhere, but Lacoste was the most popular brand by far. I am pretty sure I had these exact jeans. Anyway, the no-waistband look was almost as popular as the lace-up look.
All courtesy of Mudd, of course. Who thought that denim ruffles were a cute look? Oh, right, I did. I am almost positive I had this exact Abercrombie skirt — I also had one in white. These were obviously worn with Uggs, to look as much like Paris and Nicole as possible. For some reason that I will never understand, the above look was incredibly popular.
Brands actually made shorts with pockets so long that they had to be hanging out. My friends and I had a ton of Paul Frank shirts between us all. Obviously the brand still exists, but it is definitely not as popular as it was back then. Who needs back pockets anyway? I had a few pairs of these babies. I thought they were flattering. Well, most of us could not afford real designer bags, so we compensated by buying bags that were so obviously fake it was actually laughable.
This rainbow and white Louis Vuitton style was particularly popular. Henley shirts were cool, but they were especially cool if they came from either Hollister or Abercrombie.
The most popular destroyed jeans were from, you guessed it… Abercrombie. At least on Long Island. Take a guess as to where this is from. If you guessed Abercrombie or Hollister, you are correct. I think I had this exact skirt back in high school. Mary Janes and T strap styles with a medium slightly curved high heel were the dominant shoe of the day.
As women became more active, garments evolved to offer comfortable movement. Trousers were worn for equestrian sports as well as for skiing.
Bathing costumes which had been worn for occasional dips adapted for more active engagement in the sea. Women wore very short skirts or bathing dresses that showed more skin than in the past. Some bathing suits omitted the skirts and featured shorts hemmed several inches above the knee.
Stocking began to disappear from the bathing costume but some women wore the rolled stockings popular at the time. Bathing shoes were worn in and out of the water.
Bathing beauty contests sprang up in coastal cities where young women competed for trophies. Competitive swimmers wore simple suits without decorations or skirting. Women's clothing styles made a vast change in the s. Never before had hems been so high. The rejection of so many layers of clothing, of stiff corsets, and complete body covering shocked the old guard. But the world had also changed. By the 20s, electricity was widely available. Telephones, automobiles, airplanes, moving pictures, radios were commonplace.
Gas stoves replaced old wood-burning stoves, and electric refrigerators were on the way. Women won the right to vote in the USA in empowering a large group of people who previously had no voice.
Women had entered the workplace during WWI, giving them a feeling of independence as well as some disposable income. The young women of the s had grown up during a terrible war, a war that was questioned, a huge loss of human life that many suspected was in vein. Young adults were at the greatest risk of death.
It was a new world for young women. New freedoms that came after such devastating loss encouraged young women to turn away from the old male-dominated culture, away from strict formal attire. The prohibition of alcohol sales in seemed foolish to many who mistrusted the establishment and flaunted the law. With this new freedom, after such devastation, what is left but for girls to dance.
The new syncopated music would have been difficult to dance to in the old, tight, long dresses. Driving, running to catch trams would have been hard in the long narrow skirts of the past. Old costume hampered movement at work and play. Women increasingly took to sports and outdoor activity. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.
Cate Heilmann - I can't believe that error sat there for so long! Thank you so much for pointing out the problem. A typo can change everything! What a wonderful article!
It appears as though there is a typo in the second paragraph under "Fashions of the s - Hemlines. By , hemlines had risen Sarah - glad you enjoyed! Hemingway may have coined the phrase, but Fitzgerald, as you said, epitomized the Lost Generation. Fitzgerald wrote about it too, though, and his life epitomized it.
How cool is that! Your aunts are out there for all to see, an iconic glimpse of the past. I love that photograph. It's my favorite of the lot. Thank you for sharing the information. Bobbe was married to Composer Jimmy VanHeusen. They are my great-great aunts! My old great aunt was a flapper and my uncle used to tell me how cute she was! Oh yes, the finding of King Tut's tomb was big news and greatly influenced styles of the day. I agree, I think the 20's and 30's were just fabulous for women's clothing.
Many of these styles, you could wear today and fit right in. I enjoyed reading this hub. I wondered why these women then went Egyptian style, until I read this hub -- and I remember there was also the first "Cleopatra" film back in the 20s. I think these styles might come back in style in mainstream fashion, or some already have come.
The 20s and the 30s are the best eras for women's fashion, in my opinion. Mary Quant designed mini skirts to make it easier for working girls to run for the bus. Also, with the flappers, the shorter skirts made it easier to dance to the new wild music. Thanks for you input! Something to note quickly, is that not all women changed in the "Jazz age" in fact, most women were stuck in the normal way of life at the time.
As for the "flappers", most of them worked during the day as phone operators and did the worst jobs around. Sorry for getting a little carried away there, but still this is a really nice Hub, which fully deserves the Hubscore! She sounds like one interesting woman. It must have been wonderful to listen to her stories and hear about her life. I love all the photos. My grandmother was a flapper in the l's and I have some photos of her that look like yours.
She was a hoot! Her town in PA had a Women's Smoking Club which she was invited to join in the 20's even though she didn't smoke. The club went into l's and met once a week to "discuss relevant topics. What I loved about my grandmother was that she was always on the cutting edge of fashion and whatever else was going on at the time.
She was a cool grandmother and I miss her very much. She passed away in l, but was still "flapping strong" all the way to the end of her life. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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Fashions of the s - Hemlines Not all women wore the short skirts or the flippant styles of the flappers. Women's Underwear of the s Rejection of the stiff tailoring of earlier styles made corset sales plummet. Young women flattened their breasts with fabric bands to enhance a slim, boyish figure. Fashion Designers of the s Gabrielle Coco Chanel entered the fashion world in the s with her loose shift dresses, blouses, and evening coats in dark and natural shades.
Coco Chanel's jewelry workshop introduced the long chain necklaces and multiple stands of faux pearls associated with the flapper look. A new, masculine look offered loose, sailor style trousers for women to wear at home and at the beach. These 'beach pajamas' were an early form of a pants suit.
Art Deco played a prominent role in the fashion trends of the s with geometric shapes based on natural lines. The discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in set off an instant craze for all things Egyptian. Clothing styles and embellishments reflected designs and patterns of ancient Egypt. The designer Jean Patau designed romantic fashions embellished with fine lace, embroidery, and a lavish use of beading.
Along with Coco Chanel, Patous' garconne look created a tubular silhouette that de-emphasized the feminine figure by flattening the breasts, narrowing hips, and ignoring the waist. In , Jean Patou became the first designer to embroider his initials onto the fabric of his sportswear designs, a concept that is still popular today.
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