An entire page of patterns for girls and young teens had a Christmas theme in 1924. Above, left, a very young girl holds mistletoe over her own head. Right, a little girl is ready for snow in her red hat, coat and leggings. (Imagine buttoning those leggings onto a squirming 3 year old!)
I’m always struck by how “right” the proportions on early Twenties’ dresses for girls look, while the length of dresses for women and older teens was still quite long:
Before the late nineteen twenties, as girls got older they dressed more like grown women, exchanging short skirts for longer hems.
Those hems make even these 1924 party dresses for older teens look long and dowdy.
But, by 1927, adult women were wearing dresses as short as the pre-teens of 1924! Women aspired to look younger, and youth set the fashions.
In 1927, these sophisticated women are wearing hems that only schoolgirls would have worn just three years earlier.
This is just a sample of the “youth” trend of the late Twenties. Of course, by 1927, young teens were showing the entire knee….
As one (hair dye) advertisement put it, “You Cannot Afford to be Gray because … this is the Age of Youth.” (1925.) Happy 2020!
One response to “Mistletoe and Hemlines, 1920s”
Fascinating how quick the change was, and how our perceptions of twenties fashion are actually based on just a few years.