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A timeline history of Shoes and Fashion

The 1920's:
AUTOMOBILES FULL OF FLAPPERS AND BATHTUB GIN 


WHAT’S GOING ON?
With the twenties came an outburst of optimism for the war was over, the factories were full and the stock market was climbing.  People had money and they wanted to have fun, fun, fun.  It was the era of the flapper, bathtub gin, organized crime, the model T, talking movies and the Charleston.  It was a time of change and rebirth.  A time to celebrate.

1920's poster



<Left: Detail. Marsala Florio, 1920
Jean D'Yean 








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WOMEN’S FASHION
When I think of the twenties I immediately think of the “flapper” and was surprised to find flappers didn’t come into being until 1926! Must be Hollywood messing with my head again.  The fact is, dresses and coats were calf length throughout the entire decade.  Short skirts that revealed the knee were only worn during the official “Flapper Period” between 1926 to 1928. 

flapper




Right: Flapper>







The Flapper liked to shake things up and seemed to have fun doing it.  She wore short sleek hair, a short shapeless dress with a flat chest.  She wore makeup, smoked with a long cigarette holder and danced the nights away. 

1920 women's dress




<Left: Vogue-Cover. May 1, 1928







The regular non-flapper women wore longer dresses as stated above and these dresses were mannish and loose and shapeless.  The bust was flattened to non-existence.  The waist completely disappeared and the shoulders became broader bearing a silhouette that eliminated all womanly curves.  For some reason girls wanted to look like little boys.  Whatever.  Maybe it was that whole first time being able to vote thing that got everyone all screwy? 

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WOMEN’S SHOES
Women’s shoes became lighter and finer with a pointed toe and the delightful addition of straps. 
1920's shoe





Right: Herman Delman. 1920>






Bar shoes became all the rage for they didn’t fall off your foot while dancing the night away.  T-straps were popular too for the same reason and were worn primarily with afternoon gowns.   In the twenties, shoes were all about the strap.

MEN’S FASHION
Knickerbockers or rather “knickers” were the popular daywear for any well dressed man in the twenties which came in a variety of styles: plus-fours, plus- sixes, plus-eights and plus-tens.  The "plus” referred to how many inches below the knee they hung.  Norfolk coats and golf coats were worn with knickers. 

1920s men





<Left: Baskins Fashions II. 1920's







In 1925 came the baggy pants.  The style originated at Oxford when the university banned knickers.  Baggy pants measured anywhere from 22 – 40 inches around the bottoms so they could be easily slipped on over the offending knickers.  John Wanamaker introduced Oxford baggies to the American public in 1925 and they became all the rage and came in a variety of colors.   Tweed and flannel were popular fabrics and gray flannel trousers became known as "grayers". 

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MEN’S SHOES:
Black patent-leather shoes were popular during this era and often appeared with formal evening wear.  oxford shoes

Casual clothing demanded two-tone shoes in white and tan, or white and black.  Fringed tongues on Oxfords and brogues were seen frequently.  Lace-up style shoes were most in demand.

Right: Two toned Oxford Shoes>
 



For more images of 1920's shoes, please visit my Style Gallery.

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~KBCreations. Copyright 2006

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