1930's Fashion

By: Justin Cole & Bryce Moore

1930's Fashion Was a Defining Moment in U.S. History.

It all started when less and less people were still sewing their own clothes. This is what began the ready to wear fashion age. Clothing styles were less extravagant for the most part in the 1930's due to more people joining the work force. The great depression caused many women to have more chores to do around home thus leading to the increased need for practical clothing.

Men and Women's Fashion

Women's fashion in the 1930's was more conservative than that of the 1920's. Another difference in fashion in the 1930's from that of the decade before was a return to a more feminine look for ladies. Women's curves were no longer being de-emphasized, skirts became longer, and clothes returned to being near the natural waistline. The 1930's was also the introduction of bra cup sizing.

New synthetic materials became increasingly used for the manufacture of fabrics. Rayon, wool, silk, and cotton were common materials for women's fashion in the 1930's. In addition, by the end of the decade, nylon would be introduced as a replacement for silk. Dresses were bias-cut to emphasize feminine curves.


Men wore full three pieced suits for formal occasions. Similar to present time, jackets had broader shoulders and a more masculine looking pattern than in earlier years. Daily wear included a sweater vest and trousers.

Fashion During The Great depression

Children's Fashion

Few families were able to buy children new clothes. Mothers had to patch up holes made in clothes. Sometimes the farm workers would bring in bags flour bags and the mother would sew girls dresses or even shirts for boys or underpants.