1920 Fashion: How Hair, Clothes and Romance Roared With Style and Guts
The 1920’s era of glam, glitz and romance were years to be remembered. Not only did they change how women viewed themselves with shorter hair, style and body image, the golden times created romance sorting a mixture of sex, fashion and ingenue.The changes attracted men with apprehension, who later found gasping delight with the bold, energizing image.
Leading up to the 1920’s, hair was put in place and conservative. Women wore their feminine locks drawn up in a bun or conservatively down off the face with maybe a pin or barrette. Controversial matters came into play when the “bob” arrived in 1915. Irene Castle, ballroom dancer, silent film star and trend setter, chopped off her locks that got in the way. The “bob” sparked a major trend with women chopping hair to the ears. The “bob” also went well under hats. Once the trend exploded, a mindset came along with it. Women began to speak their minds, create their own fashion and, well, started looking for happiness.
Happiness meant being comfortable. Although there was a sense of practicality and sensibility with clothes, fashion had to tag side by side along lifestyle. Society matters meant incessant parties, dancing and drinking. Dresses with fullness at the hemline allowed women to show their legs and kick up their heels with the Charleston and other similar dances. The Flapper with its low waisted style came into fashion with glitter, sequins and sateen fabrics. Thanks to Coco Chanel, trousers were being worn by women. Men also displayed fashion with wider trousers called the “Oxford Bags.” Donning double breasted vests, cardigan sweaters and sometimes knickers, fashion played a part with lifestyle, success and even romance.
Women began speaking their minds in the 1920’s, which caused questions in a man’s head. Were men threatened with the new girl on the block? Even if they were, men had many other reasons to fall in love. The flapper culture, a bold style that brought along sexiness, smoking and glamour, attracted men. Happiness came into play and romance was changing in the 1920’s. Not only clothing, but cosmetics appeared on the market with other personal pleasures that gave romance a boost for the very first time. Mundane living was “so yesterday.” Romance meant travel, dining, parties and alcohol. American writers moved to Paris and found their creative side writing novels that portrayed the tumultuous times. F. Scott Fitzgerald revealed his romantic style with books like “This Side of Paradise” and “The Great Gatsby.” His friends and colleagues, such as Gerald and Sara Murphy along with the Hemingway’s also discovered a fairy tale, charming yet somewhat destructive lifestyle, capturing the sorrowing hearts in anyone. The 1920’s, a bustling era, brought about many positive changes in family, the economy and love but later years revealed that charmed living can also attract tragedies, sorrow and drama.
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