Researching the 1920's is fascinating. Consider, this is the latter half of the suffragette period and women's clothing changed drastically. When my modern eye sees these straight boxy dresses, I think, "bleah, it's not form fitting or even skimming. I'll look like a box. I must find a suitable and still true alternative." However, the more I look and read, the more I realize that these boxy outfits are the beginnings of freedom and sports for all women, not just the ones who chose to dress daringly in men's attire to play their beloved athletic pursuit. You'll also see women in fashion plates playing tennis and running! Prior decades found women fully corseted and unable to breathe. So these outfits actually symbolize freedom for women in many, many ways.
I've read in a few places how much fashion changed at this time and that large a change in a short period of time has not recurred yet. Don't you find that interesting? It inspires me to study further (research fire stoked!)
Now, on to some of my findings. Below are some inspiring & appealing styles from Midvale Cottage. Look at how many different options there are?! All images directly below are sourced from http://midvalevintagepost.blogspot.com/
Below the top 4 images are likely the closest to what I may end up making. They feel not only true to the era, but also like a dress I would wear in 2014. Wow, can you believe that we'd still wear garments like what our grandmother's wore 100 years ago? If we were looking at WWI and Edwardian era fashions, the likelihood of wearing their fashions again in 2014, except for costume is much lower. Unless you're a maxi dress gal, you likely don't choose long dresses. Me? I gotta move & be free. I trip on long dresses. So I usually opt for calf length.
- Jane Austin's World, 1920's fashions on Downton Abbey
- Revival, What to Wear to a Prohibition Party
- The Aesthetic Eclectic, Chiffon & Lace plus a Green 20's dress.
- Gjeometry, 1920's drop waist dress
- American Dutchess, 1920's jersey dress
- Collector's Weekly, Did Hollywood Give the 1920's a Boob Job
- Flashback Summer, 1920's Photo Shoot