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Fashion In The 1910's
Transcript of Fashion In The 1910's
People wore rich, luxurious, and exotic clothing during the 1910's.
Women wore huge hats with wide brims and broad hats with face-shadowing brims in the early years of the decade. They wore hats with feathers, large ribbon bows and flowers. Hats gradually became smaller with flat brims.
The most popular silhouette was the tunic over a long underskirt. Early in the decade, waistlines were high. Hip length lampshade tunics were worn over skirts. Skirts were widest at the hips and very narrow at the ankle. They were called hobble skirts. The hobble skirt remained a big thing in fashion until around 1915. Later on, waistlines were at the actual waist and tunics became longer. Women started wearing calf length dresses.
Shoes and hosiery was exotic and colorful just like today's fashion. A lot of clothing in that decade changed throughout the years and influenced how people dress today. For example, fashion continued moving toward slimmer and more close fitting with the body. Women today still wear dresses and skirts. Some of them also still wear their hair short, wear heels and fur coats. Jewelry is still being worn, such as earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Men still wear different styles of suits, dress shirts and collars.
Clothing in the 1910's was more exotic than the clothing of today. For example, the huge hats that they wore. Nowadays people wear baseball caps and other types of hats. Also the hairstyles, the dresses and skirts were different in that era. Today, dresses are more shorter and emphasize the body's curves and hips. Skirts are shorter and more skin is shown in today's fashion than in the 1910's where most of the skin was covered up. As for men in today's fashion, they don't wear the same style of coats, jackets and caps that they wore in that era.
Why They Wore It
Because of World War I , People were dressing less extravagant and it was more about necessity than fashion. Women were forced to work and needed better clothes for it. They wore shirtwaists and tailored suits. They simplified dresses and shortened skirts. Makeup like powder, eyeliner and mascara became popular during the war. Jewelry such as rings and bracelets were made from fragments of shells or ammunition. Most of the men were out in the battle field so they didn't focus on fashion that much. They wore less accessories: during war everything was less luxurious so men stopped wearing as much jewelery and accessories. They wore the Trench coat: This changed fashion for both men and women, because it was a useful piece of clothing that became part of the military uniform. They also wore different clothing for different activities like sports and dance .
Men wore coats, waistcoats and trousers. The blazer which was a navy blue, or brightly colored or even stripped coat had brass buttons and patched pockets that was worn for activities like sports and sailing. Knee-length topcoats and calf-length overcoats were worn during the winter. Fur coats were also worn. Dress shirt collars were turned over into wings. Collars were tall and stiffened with rounded corners. They also wore silk top hats, panama hats for travel and newsboy and flat caps. The shirts, high collars, and bold stripes were a casual style. They wore their hair short well groomed. Another popular style of the 1910s was the lounge suit. Jackets were long, and pants were turned up at the cuffs. They wore different hat styles and had walking sticks.
Women also wore long jackets, fur coats which were popular, shoes that had high curved heels, tango shoes that had criss crossing straps at the ankles, and the dance corset which was lighter and more flexible for dance and sports. The hobble skirt got replaced with a long full skirt that was cut just before the ankles. It was good for casual outdoor wear. Clothes became straighter and more curveless by 1918. Women also wore Evening dresses that were usually made of fine silks, with open necklines and short sleeves, which could be cut in one with the body of the dress. Day dresses usually had long sleeves. They had fans and purses. Fans are small to medium sized folding fans and purses could be leather. Some jewelry included bead necklaces, rhinestone brooches, teardrop earrings, colored stones and pearls, gold bar pins, necklaces, gold bangle bracelets. Women wore their hair short or bobbed. It was also worn piled on the head in waves and puffs and the ears were covered. They wore headdresses, combs and tiaras in their hair.