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1920s Fashion: Dresses.

Hello Lovelies,

How is everyone doing this lovely Monday, well actually almost Tuesday!

Today, we’re going to dive into the 1920s fashion and I wanted to focus on one garment.  I thought dresses of this decade would be fun to look back at.

The 1920s was a memorable decade for fashion since there was more freedom in women’s fashion (especially after the war) and the clothes definitely reflected that.   A notable designer of this era was the fabulous Coco Chanel.  I know if you’re like me, you think of her perfume.


Sensual Elixir.

During this time, Coco Chanel designed a two-piece dress out of stretchy jersey fabric that flowed against the body.  Below is the actress Gloria Swanson, a silent movie star rocking Coco’s design.


By Bain New Service, via Wikimedia Commons.

Another popular dress in the 1920s was the signature flapper style dress.  Shown below.


A traditional flapper outfit.

Below is a popular dress style, a dress with a dropped waist.  This style of dress was more of an everyday dress.


In the early in the 1920s, formal wear dresses were extremely elaborate and some even had intricate beading.


Silent movie actress Norma Talmadge.

In 1926, there was the straight dress, one of my favorite type of dresses of the 1920s!


Actress Alice Joyce in a sheer beaded straight dress.

That was a quick look at the history of 1920s dresses worn during this fun decade!  I hope you enjoyed it.  Next Monday, there will be more fashion history.  Let me know which decade you would like to see next or a particular piece of clothing you would like me to feature.



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Why Fashion?

I have always loved fashion even as a little girl.  I have to admit fashion was an escape.  My family didn’t have a lot of money, they both worked hard.  Even though I didn’t come from a rich family, I was always drawn to colors, patterns, texture, shine, glitter, and mixing patterns. I remember instead of playing in the dirt, ew! I hung out with the adults in my family.  During the summer, I was hanging out with my grandmother Maxine (she was a super classy lady who always wore red lipstick) she would take me to garage sales to show me how to get a good bargain. I loved that she wasn’t just the typical homemaker- she was social, fashionable, and she kept everyone connected. It was hard when she passed away.  As an adult, there is a part of me that wishes that I could have played in the dirt, but I digress!  Flash forward to the early 90s, when I was about 10 or 11, I was reading fashion magazines, I mean like High fashion magazines.  One of my favorite magazines was Harper’s Bazaar.  I was always trying to recreate high fashion looks. Below is one of my pulled together fashion looks.

Fashionista in Training!

Fashionista in Training!

Okay, the shirt is iffy but remember folks, I grew up in a Very conservative bible belt river town in western IL.  I think I was pretty fashion forward for the region.  Anyway, I don’t know if any one remembers this, but for a short while in the 90s, it was reported that bell bottoms were back IN!  I know some of you are like bell bottoms?!  Any way, I found these really cool black bell bottom leggings on the clearance rack at Bergner’s the local fashion inspiration go to spot! and a light denim colored chambray shirt tied up in the front, which screamed the 90s.

My point is use what you got and flaunt it.

All my best,

~Ruth XoXo

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