Sequins, fringe, dark lipstick and swing music — these were the fabulous symbols of the Roaring '20s. The fashion of the time is back in the spotlight with the release of “The Great Gatsby” film remake.
Before that exciting decade, the female body was cinched by corsets and disguised by layered skirts and covered ankles under long hems. All that clothing obscured a woman's beauty in some of the most conservative of times, when women were considered second-class citizens.
But with the onset of the 1920s, women earned the right to vote and make their voices heard. And the formerly suppressed arena of women's fashion transformed into glitzy, glamorous looks that branded the era as one of elegance and eccentricity. Hemlines got shorter, and clothing construction improved to become more eloquent, all reflecting this change in status.
Almost a century later, the '20s still serve as a reference point for evening gowns symbolizing this milestone in style history. Elaborate sequining along with sparkly hardware on evening gowns and loose-fitting, drop-waist skirts all done in an interesting mix of fabric bring the period to mind.
The era even pushes through in makeup and beauty trends by way of structured and detailed hairstyles to match bold lip colors and an otherwise dark palette.
Fashion didn't change much for men. Many masculine looks consisted of three pieces: a jacket or sports coat, which often had one or two buttons; classic black dress pants, or trousers; and a pleated white dress shirt with a bow tie. This style became known as the “classic three-piece tuxedo.”