1920s Women’s Outfits

The jazz boom of the twenties was the golden age of fashion. After World War I, women generally yearned for a simple, comfortable lifestyle that reflected the new modern fashion style. The young women of the 1920s were free, and they created fashion by discarding their corsets and showing off their jazz dancing legs. For example, drop-waist dresses designed for women after 1922. In the 1920s, women for all ages and sizes adopted the clothes and looks of these young girls, allowing them to live care-free lives, pursuing new hobbies and opening new doors to women’s rights. 

The first years of the 1920s were the same as the late Edwardian’s trend: women’s clothing still followed a natural waistline, with full sleeves and ankle length dresses. These clothes were so beautiful and feminine that every woman could wear them. After 1922, women’s waistlines began to drop, and plump waists became thinner and thinner. Hemlines began to rise up to the mid-calf, women wanted shorter and shorter dresses, which gradually rose to just below the knee by 1925 and stayed there until the 1930s.

The top of 1920s dresses were still understated with wide open boat necks or V-necks. Sleeves were usually long, at least elbow length, and sleeveless party dresses could only be worn in the evenings. At home, women’s dresses were decorated with white frills, flounces and ruffles, and were made up in little cotton prints, gingham, plaid and vertical stripes. Oversized white round, shawl or pointed collars were the characteristics of house dresses. Large pockets were very convenient for women to do housework at home.  

When going out, women needed to change clothes into something more appropriate for their events. For running errands, working in an office or department store, or visiting friends in the afternoon, women should wear a solid color dress with a light-colored jacket or wool two-piece suit that matched with the color of the dress. In the church, women wore their best clothes, gloves, hats and bags of the same hue. If a woman were going to a restaurant or a garden party, she would have chosen a hat made of richer fabrics such as silk, satin, organdy or chiffon. White or floral dresses were very common for summer tea parties, plus with a short cap or sleeveless tops. By the late 1920s, women’s afternoon dresses included tired skirts with larger flower corsages decorated one shoulder.

After choosing the primary clothing, a woman would choose a hat or hair ornament to complete her outfit. This was not a time to accessorize, although a hat looked dressier when paired with a dress of one color or other accessories. The most popular hat of the 1920s was the cloche hat in the shape of a helmet. It fitted more tightly to the head and had a low brim, so that women needed to lift their chin up to see where they were walking. The Cloche hat was decorated with a simple ribbon shape, a flower on one side, or a beautiful brooch. There was another hat that was similar to today’s bucket hat but its brim was shorter than the bucket hat.

How to Keep Straw Hats?

Straw hats are the perfect lightweight summer headwear. They are ideal for boating, and playing on the beaches or in the park. Straw hats are cheap and easy to maintain. You may be afraid of straw hats are prone to aging and discoloration, but as long as you keep cleaning and preserve them, they can be worn for many summers. There are some kinds of straw hats, including wide-brimmed straw hats, bucket hat womens and Panama straw hats. These hats will block the summer sun and protect your skin.

Straw hats are often made of natural plant material, such as palm, straw, hemp and reeds. Most natural straw hats are woven and then steamed onto prefabricated blocks to create the shape of the hats. Straw hats can also be constructed of synthetic fibers and by-products of the paper industry. But do you know how to keep them?

Make sure your straw hats dry. If your hats get wet, you should first shake off the water and remove the sweatband, then hang it with a hat rack or something else to let the hat dry naturally. Let your hats dry away from direct sunlight and heat.

After each time you take off your hat, wipe it down with a clean wet cloth. This removes accumulated dust during the day and prevents it from getting into the fabric. It is best to use pure white cloth so that no other color will be transferred to the hat.

Remember handle your hats by the brim, not the crown with clean hands. If you handle by the crown, it will weaken the crown’s ability to hold its shape or create a crease that cannot be fixed.  

When you wash your straw bucket hat, use a soft-bristle brush to clean dirt and debris. Weather, pollen and dust can damage hats. Regular brushing prevents dirt, stains, and discoloration.

Dip a soft cotton cloth into the warm water with a small amount of dishwashing liquid and use it to clean the hat. This will help protect the hat’s surface from fraying. Place the cotton cloth in a mixture of alcohol and water and gently wipe the outside of the hat. This will also clean the hat and give it a polished finish.

Stuff the hat with old newspapers to keep its shape during storage. This prevents sagging and dipping between uses and seasons. Or, you can keep the hat in a dry and dark closet to keep its form and shape.

Fix the wet straw hats by turning it inside to allow the inside to dry out. Turn the sweatband outwards to ensure that the entire hat dries. To store a straw hat, it is better to put it into a hat box between uses. Make sure the hat box has lid to cover. A hat box with a lid can protect the straw hat from insects, dust, moisture and sunlight. If you don’t have a hat box, you can use a shoebox to replace. Or you can hang your hats with hooks in a dark closet that would be a reasonable alternative.