When we speak of “the Twenties,” most of us are picturing the short skirts and dropped waists of the later 1920s:
But during the immediate post-war Twenties, women’s clothing actually became longer, although less bulky and more revealing of the body under the clothes.
These dresses are from 1918, the year the war ended. One has a slightly dropped waist:
And these — 6 years later — are from 1924:
A reaction to the trauma of the First World War created “the Lost Generation” as described by Fitzgerald (in The Great Gatsby, published in 1925) and Hemingway (in The Sun Also Rises, published in October 1926.) Both were writing in the post-war period from 1924 to 1926. Fashions from those years may not look like “the Roaring Twenties” as we often imagine them.
Which changed first: the fashions, or the women?
More fashion contrasts from March 1924 and March 1927:
Clothes for young women and teens were usually a bit shorter than those for mature women, but not nearly as short as these adult styles from just three years later:
If you want more details about those eight dresses from 1927, click here.
These youthful outfits from 1924 look fussy and rather stodgy, compared to the streamlined styles of 1927.For more about dresses that combined different shades of the same color, click here. For more examples of rapid change in 1920’s fashion, click here.