Cloche hats, flapper dresses, and suits featuring thin lapels and cuffed trousers were prominent fashion styles of the 1920s. A cloche hat was very snug, covered the ears, and was usually worn at an angle that allowed just enough room for the woman to see.Continue Reading
"Flapper" is not just a description of a particular type of dress, but is also used when discussing the lifestyle of the era. Energetic dances, such as the Charleston, were all the rage, requiring women to be able to move around freely. The flapper dress featured a loose cut with a varying skirt length. Waist lines were below the hip at the early part of the decade, but moved up as the years went along.
Along with business suits, flannel came into vogue for men during this time period. Winged-tip, two-tone shoes were popular, as were black patent leather shoes for more formal occasions. Knickers and sweaters were popular choices at casual events.
Children's clothing became practical during this era, with rompers and short dresses replacing the stuffy baby clothes of the past. Older girls wore sweaters, frocks and canvas shoes or sandals. Little boys followed in their fathers' footsteps with knickers and sweaters. Canvas shoes were popular footwear for boys.Learn more about Historical Dress
The type of clothes wore during Colonial times varied, but included petticoats, dresses, gowns,, hats, coats, cloaks, pockets that were tied on and hidden under the final layer of clothes, stays, stockings, garters, shoes and specialized clothes for things like horse riding. The clothing also varied depending on a woman's station. The higher in society the woman was, the more layers and types of dresses she was expected to wear and looks she was expected to have.Full Answer >
Women embarking on long westward journeys generally wore simple dresses, hats and sturdy footwear, but sported nice dresses and accessories for social functions. Thousands of female pioneers crossed from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast during the mid-1800s. The task of making clothing lay primarily with women, who sewed garments for themselves and family members.Full Answer >
Women wore fitted dresses, skirts and suits during the 1930s. The style was much more feminine than style of the 1920s, and it put more emphasis on the waistline.Full Answer >
American women wore skirts, dresses, hats and gloves during the 1950s, while men primarily wore suits, sweaters, slacks and uniforms for work. In the 1950s, young boys and girls emulated the fashion styles of their parents. Girls' clothing featured styles identical to those of older women; boys' clothing, similarly, mirrored styles of attire for adult men.Full Answer >