The good thing about a 1920′s fashion revival is that the glamour was was real and it was fabulous. The bad news, not all body shapes are made to wear 1920′s fashion. That being said, 1920′s fashion was a revolution and contrary to popular belief there were many different styles popular during the time. Women in the 1920′s said good bye to the stuffy, conservative dresses of the Victorian Era and hello to rising hemlines, dropped waist lines, and clothing that moved with their bodies.
At the time there was a sexual revolution occurring. Women were gaining rights and their clothing reflected these rights. Although many people think of the short flapper dresses when they think of the 20′s, many dresses were still lengthy by today’s standards. Hemlines slowly moved from floor length to mid calve and eventually just below the knee- HOW RISQUE! Clothing varied between extremely feminine and more masculine as designers began experimenting with their creative freedom.
Ralph Lauren has spearheaded this trend in his spring 2012 collection with pieces ranging from casual wear to evening wear. He fully captures the feminine and masculine themes of the 20′s while also keeping current with a pastel color pallet and streamlined cuts.
What I love about this style is that, while at the time women’s apparel may have seemed scandalous, designers were able to create an image that radiated sex appeal and this appeal, in my opinion, is timeless.