Fashion for a 1930's Woman

A look in fashion choices through the 1930's!

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The 1930's is a classic example of chic clothing styles. Outfits ranged from bright and bold dresses, to dark colored fur coats with a matching hand bag. Some designers in the 1930's even made impressions on todays style choices!


Women wore their hair close to their head, they wore dresses, sometimes having a floral pattern with a fur coat over your dress. The makeup had a chic look. Articles of clothing often had your initials stitched or engraved, this service was a common and free store service.


A popular fashion trend in 1931 was to wear suede gloves with matching shoes and a bag. Their hair was long, wavy and had a side part, but an added accessory was a hat that would cover one eye. Hats could have large and small brims. Their shoes had a black, silk tone with an ankle strap and the white suede style with a "T" strap.


In 1932 a big change occurred when women started wearing corsets instead of regular undergarments. Artificial silks and zippers became popular and made clothing cheaper. This was very important because there was a 24% unemployment rate and having artificial anything creates jobs. Another thing that came to be popular was evening dresses - women started having two outfits for the day, a regular outfit and evening wear!


The year that emphasizes body shape is 1933, corsets helped accomplish this look. It includes wide shoulders and a small waist. An outfit that goes with this year would be a flared skirt and a bolero jacket. Fitted sweaters were also considered "in". Evening outfits include high necklines in front and low in the back, large brim hats help reinforce the long silhouette.


Shoulder pads became a popular item to have, dinner suits became more for women. Curled hair, red lips, nail polish and polished eyebrows were a common look. Teen girls usually wore a skirt and a jersey jacket, and corset bathing suits became a big trend, it was slashed and was backless. Also, tighter sportswear became established.


The "military" look became a desired look by women. You would have square shoulders, low heels, hats, and gauntlet gloves. Evening wear had a Greek and Indian influenced dresses, heavy jewelry. The hair was curled, but brushed to the top of the head. Makeup highlighted the facial bone structure.


Dark green and plum colored, wool dresses came to fashion, and had long, tight sleeves with side pleats and a subtle flare at mid-calf. A black, silk, crepe with white silk over jacket was worn in the evening, or a shiny, brown, satin with a matching jacket and feather trimmed sleeves. Another possible evening outfit is a short dress and bright colors, or gold frocks and pressed pleats with a short jacket.


Furs became a common look in 1937, especially fox furs. Veils on hats and silk jerseys were a fashionable trend. One new thing that this year created was fake, colored eyelashes, blue for blondes and brown for brunettes.


The "pencil-thin" body type was adored by both girls and women. Big jewelry and large hats, night outfits included skin tight dresses with short, embroidered jackets. The more "romantic" styles started to become known. This included full skirts (sometimes with patterns), tiny hats withe feathers, flowers or clogs. Formal evening gowns became strapless. The main hairstyle is pageboy or tied back with George Washington bows.


Suits became normal for both women and men to wear. They could be pleated, straight,, or flared, but they were tightly fitted jackets and blouses. The umbrella came a trendy fashion accessory to have, along with a hat. For hair, women started wearing snoods or the "Edwardian" style (worn up front with the back full of curls.