1930's Women's Fashion

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1930's Women's Fashion


The ideal thirties women was tall and slender with a very small waist and narrow hips, but some were not blessed with slim hips and narrow waists.

Real Women of the 1930's

During this era, zippers became a staple fashion in finishing garments and they cost less than buttons, too. Less expensive clothing or "peasant" fabrics became more used. Wrinkled or "rough" fabrics became a trend.

Houswives would usually wear house dresses. They were usually handmade with left over scraps from other garments.

House Dresses

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These dresses wer made of silk and not cotton. These dresses had more details than a house dress. They were mostly solid colors.

SImple 1937 Afternoon Dresses

Silky fabrics were common in evening gowns and often worn with a fur. Fabrics that were popular included chiffon, silk, crepe-de-chines, and satin cut on the bias to create elegant, flowing lines. Evening dresses had hems that nearly touched the floor and often had small trains in the back. There were gowns with puffs and ruffle sleeves and later in the decade high necks and halter styles with plunging backs were in fashion. The back-less gown is a signature of 1930’s evening wear.

1930's Evening Gowns

1934 Swim suits

Swim suits were made of fitted wool one pieces with cotton jersey lining, a mini skit over boy shorts, and little belts accentuating the waist. Sunbathing became a trend in the 1920’s and continued in the thirties as Coco Chanel and Hollywood stars encouraged the tan look.Some concern for too much sun started in the 30’s. Hollywood stars quickly adopted large sun hats and sunglasses into their beach side wardrobe. Open toe sandals too were becoming more common for beach side strolls.

Hats also became a staple fashion to glam up or finish an outfit.

1930's Slouch Hats

Bags were usually small clutches and tey often had jeweled claps. As time past, bags have gotten larger. Gloves were worn with day and evening dresses. Daytime gloves were short and leather. Elbow length gloves were worn for the evening. There was a strict manner for wearing what gloves with what dress.

1937 Matching gloves, bag, and belt.

Cutouts are the one symbol of a 1930s shoe. Pumps had square heels. Toward the end of the decade wedges began to appear. Oxfords were extremely popular. Shoes with cutouts such as pumps, t straps, ankle straps, low heel flats and sandals were everywhere.

Black Cut Out Oxford Shoes.

The fashion of the thirties was overshadowed by the great depression, but this era was full of glamour and style.

1930's Hair

The 1930's hairstyles started to become more feminine. The beginning of the decade was marked as the "Hollywood Golden Age". These hairstyles were more glamorous and soft then the previous decade.


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