The 1920's is the decade in which fashion entered the modern era. It was the decade in which women first abandoned restricted fashions of past years and began to wear more comfortable clothes.
There was an outfit for every occasion and every occupation and even for the time of the day.
House dresses were changed for visits out of the home, a smart simple day dress or blouse and jacket, each outfit was always accompanied by hat gloves and a small bag.
Afternoon tea dresses and party dresses were then followed by evening wear these were sleeveless for younger women and often beaded and worn with bright bold jewellery and hair adornments, sequinned bags and evening gloves accompanied by dress jackets, fringed shawls or a fur.
THE ROARING 1920s
The 1930's is the decade in which the Great Depression struck however this said it was decade of incredible glamour for some with bias cut chiffons silk with Holywood Glamour leading the way many original 1930's outfits were re worked and used in the 1940's make do and mend years.
However original pieces can still be found a long with 1930's style from other decades such as the 1970's when bell selves bias but maxi dresses made a comeback. Like the 20's there was a dress code for every event and occupation.
The line was tall and elegant with high wasted wide legged beech Pyjamas, wide collars stripped knit shirts skirt like shorts play suits and sporty wear.
1940's women’s fashion were about creating a certain silhouette, it was all about the hourglass figure with padded shoulders, tiny waists and full hips. Nipped in high-waisted tops, and A-line skirts that came down to the knee. This was the everyday shape for clothing from suits to dresses, and even trousers.
If you were not naturally an hour glass shape the clothes were designed to help you achieve the look.
Gloves were a necessity, in almost any picture you find, women are wearing gloves.
The Fabulous 1950s
Dior’s 1947 New Look had symbolized a new hope and by the 1950s both the hope and the style were fully embraced.
hems fell and hems rose but the hourglass silhouette remained. In addition to the full skirt, slender pencil skirts were worn too. The emphasis on silhouette and form created a dependency on foundation garments – bullet bras, corselets, waist-cinchers and girdles pulled in, pushed out and persuaded while crinolines lifted and shaped full-circle skirts. Look at our collection of Vintage Clothing these pieces are ideal for that special occasion outfit when 'going vintage' will guarantee that nobody will be wearing the same outfit. Also ideal if you are off to Goodwood Revival, or other vintage events you can get the look by teaming with vintage accessorsies hats scarves and jewellery to get the look.
The Swinging 1960s
The 60’s can be split into two dramatically opposing styles
The early sixties were more reminiscent of the 1950's
conservative and restrained; certainly more classic in style and design.
The late 1960's were the exact opposite.
Bright, swirling colours. Psychedelic, tie-dye shirts and long hair and beards were commonplace. Woman wore unbelievably short skirts and men wore tunics and capes.
The foray into fantasy would not have been believed by people just a decade earlier.
The 70s fashion trend is never far away and the most stylistically full-on decade has never looked better. Flares, platforms, fringe and suede has dominated the runways over the last few years, as modern-day designers were inspired by the original icons of the era; Joni Mitchell, Cher, Bianca Jagger and more.
From Gucci to Halston, Ossie Clark, Laura Ashley to Biba there were plenty of brands making 70s fashion their own back in the day, giving us hippie chic, power dressing, glam rock and even punk, all within an exceptional ten year timeframe.
1980s fashion can be commended for its creativity. The early 80s were somewhat subdued in colour, where we see a lot of browns, tans and oranges. Velour was hot and velvet was even hotter. For both men and women, the waistline was a little high. Bright coloured accessories like sunglasses, bangles and hoop earrings were a necessity. Teased hair, loud makeup and neon were an important part of this style. It was an exceptionally flexible time when a woman could wear skin-tight cotton stirrup leggings and a giant turtleneck sweater one day — and parachute pantaloons with a small v-neck top and a high-waist belt the next!