Women's fashion in the roaring twenties was all about elegance. The key was feminine grace, but without curves. The motto of the era was: "Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman and loose enough to show you're a lady."
This loose clothing fad only lasted a short while and eventually was replaced by more austere lines in the more grim days of the 1930s. A slender and flat chested silhouette was the objective for women, and large busts could be flattened with the help of early bras.
Most dresses and skirts rested just below the knee, often just above the ankle. To be truly authentic - knee length dresses were matched with short necklaces and long dresses had long necklaces. The waistline was very low - often below the bum or neared the natural hip.
The accent was furs, feather, flowers, turbans and lace especially when going out at night.
In hair styles the question wasn't "To be or not to be?", but "To bob or not to bob". For those not brave enough to crop their hair, there was the safe option - Fingerwave style.
The fashion of the 50s is very likely the classiest, sexiest and beautiful of all periods in fashion history. This, of course, is thanks to some of the most beautiful women to ever grace the earth in the past, and which has clearly defined fashion styles in the present, such as Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, etc.
1950s style dresses emphasized a fragile, somewhat bubbly femininity. Bare shoulders, bare legs, and big busts were all seen as attractive.
Women often dressed up for day-to-day life, whether they were meeting friends of going to work. Part of this dress-up involved such accessories as stockings, small gloves, hats and scarves, which would contrast the main pattern of the dress and draw attention to the hands, the face, the hair, and so on.
In the 50s it was all about femininity, exclusive class and flawless beauty. That's why big part of the style of those years take the lingerie - as an absolute cult of the female body.
The 50s give birth to the pin-up style but this is a whole new topic and I will observe it some other time.
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