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Dressing for the Decade: 1930s

Posted by Natali on Sep 3rd 2014

Even in a time of economic crisis, fashion continued to evolve in the 1930s. The focus of style of this era was on more conservative, feminine fashion. Whereas in the 1920s, curves were hidden with loose styles of dress and the popularity of the drop waist, fashion of the 1930s began to emphasize again women’s natural form, but with unrestrictive fabrics for free movement.

Greta Garbo, 1930s Style Inspiration

Greta Garbo, 1930s Style Inspiration

With the Depression, women were unable to buy new clothing often, so they had to rework their existing clothing in new ways. Another change of the 1930s was a shift of the influence of fashion. Rather than looking to Paris for inspiration, American women were more strongly influenced by the fashion of Hollywood actresses.

So how do you dress for this decade?

The flapper look of the 1920s was ditched for a long and sleek style. Women wanted to look sophisticated, despite the circumstances of the decade. Muted colors were popular, with the occasional geometric or abstract print. Ruffles were popular on skirts or sleeves to add a feminine touch.

A Vintage Ad from 1935

A Vintage Ad from 1935

Hats were a popular accessory in the 1930s. Brimmed hats and pillbox hats were especially popular at this time. Gloves were also a must-have accessory for the decade, for both daytime and evening wear. The go-to shoes for women of the 1930s were sling-back heels and and peep-toe shoes.

The final touch to any 1930s outfit was red lipstick and lots of mascara. Dress for the decade at!

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