Why not start out this week with a dedication (and explanation) for the lovely laces, silks, and colors of the roaring 20's! Why is it so special anyhow?
Well, let me tell you! The 1920's truly was a pioneer era for women in general. Women received the right to vote which liberated them in a way that America was not quite used to seeing them. Women felt more free to express themselves both in the way they carried themselves and in the way they dressed.
Up until the 19th amendment was ratified, as a woman you had no voice. Of course women had a long way to go from there, but overcoming this giant hurdle played a huge role in how women began to live their lives more independently and without much remorse for doing so. You would see more women in the workplace and out enjoying the night life, dancing and celebrating life.
Okay, now lets get to the fun stuff. FASHION! As I have already (overly) explained, women were more expressive and less restrained. This freedom is beyond obvious when you study any image or depiction of women's fashion from the 1920's. Previously, women wore incredibly tight laced corsets and heavy crinolines to give a specific, feminine shape and their outerwear accommodated. Dresses and underwear were heavy and restricting. When the twenties came about, nobody wanted the white cottons and linens, it was all about color and exaggerated adornment in their dress. Some of the top colors of the era are pink, rich peachy hues, blue, yellow and delightful shades of green. Little silk roses and elaborate bead work were added to just about everything. In outerwear, you notice a dropped and loose fitted waist. You'll see less definition of the breasts and hips and quite a bit more leg action!
Because fabrics were worn loosely, it was the breasts and hips that were constrained, not so much the waist. Exposed silk stockings became more decorative to compliment the look of the day. Corsets were not yet out the window, but rather they focused on different areas of the body, if a woman wanted one that is. If a corset was worn, it would be one that was very long, starting under the bust and smoothing everything in from the hips down. Busts were flattened (sometimes with tape), and long draping silk and crepe was worn under clothing.
The once cotton camiknicker became a gorgeous step in chemise and was now made of sensually sheer silk and lace. Slips were wide and long, and tap pants and bralettes were worn with long, gorgeous silk stockings. Large, white, sleep shirts were replaced with silky wide sleeved robes and long sheer nightgowns. Everything was created to be adored, and boy is it still.