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Forum Repost: 1920's Fashion and Non-Fashion

I'm participating in a forum roleplay called "Game of Lies", which is basically The Hunger Games in 1920's Chicago. With explosive collars. And it's not YA.

Since regardless of their normal time period, all of the characters (including one of my own existing ones) will be waking up in clothes typical of the era, one of our Game Masters, Crystal Glacia, Googled up a list of fashion that existed and not existed in the 1920's. I'm not sure how many of you are writing a story in The Roaring Twenties, but this will definitely be useful to those who do.

Time for the intensive list.

WARNING: Some strong language had not been edited out. I'm also leaving in the white highlight for stylistic (and lazy) reasons, along with modifying custom code that the post had.

20 Fashion and Appearance Things That People Did Have In 1926

  1. What can be termed 'faux' hobble skirts were worn by women. While traditional hobble skirts were tied at the bottom to reduce a woman's gait to, well, a hobble, these skirts had pleats and slits in them that allowed more freedom of movement.
  2. Hand-painted ties became acceptable iterations of the necktie for men, and could be loudly patterned, up to 4 and a half inches wide, and were worn shorter.
  3. This was the era of female liberation, i.e. the flapper. The flapper style emphasized boyishness with the bobbed hair, attempts at flattening breasts, and straight waists.
  4. In addition, men wore their trousers much higher than today, at the natural waist, or about navel level.
  5. Mens' suits got really fucking nice during this time. Also, middle-class men liked fedoras and trilbies.
  6. Dresses were worn straight and loose with no sleeves and were occasionally even strapless.
  7. This era, long suit jackets that went to the knee got kicked to formalwear- if they were worn at all; they started to be viewed as snobby compared to the more popular tuxedo -while the short suit jacket became the norm. Trousers were straight, narrow, often short enough to show a man's socks even when standing, and began to be worn cuffed.
  8. Makeup use got heavier compared to earlier eras, favoring bold, kohl-outlined eyes, blush, and even tans. You could even find waterproof mascara back then.
  9. Horn-rimmed glasses got popular for both sexes, though viewed as ugly or geeky today.
  10. In general, fashion derived itself from French styles. You know that rounded, tight-fitting hat that's associated with flappers? French.
  11. Silk was in high demand as a clothing textile, but since it was in limited supply, stockings were often made out of rayon and held up with garters.
  12. Women started wearing high-heeled shoes, around 2 to 3 inches high.
  13. Methods of fastening clothing became easier, with the advent of metal hooks and eyes, zippers, and snaps in addition to the traditional buttons and lacing. It's small, but nice to know if you ever feel like writing out your character's morning routine or showing part of the disrobing portion of sex just before the Sexy Discretion Shot kicks in.
  14. Tattooing was pretty common back then, moreso among men than women.
  15. Women adorned themselves with Art Deco-inspired jewelry, such as beaded necklaces layered upon one another, pins, rings, and brooches.
  16. Hats were pretty much required wear if you weren't shit poor. Good thing both men and women had some nice choices.
  17. Raccoon coats, long fur coats made out of raccoon fur, became a fad among young college-age men during this time.
  18. Wristwatches started replacing pocketwatches thanks to the Great War. During the war itself, soldiers were issued trench watches, which were basically watches with front and back covers like pocketwatches, but with wire loops on the top and bottom that the band was strung through.
  19. Underwear! Men had button-front shorts and what we would recognize today as panties came about for women to keep up with how their skirts were shortening. Bloomers were also used as underwear, but bra sizes wouldn't standardize until two years after the Game takes place.
  20. And, finally, nightclothes. The nightdress actually still existed around this time, but was worn over nightclothes like how we might wear a bathrobe today. Otherwise, things were pretty much identical to today, but women still wore nightgowns.

And for the non-fashion:

20 Common Modern Fashion and Appearance Things That People Did Not Have or Did Not Do In 1926

  1. T-shirts, (they only existed n the military, and didn't depart into peacetime until after WWII.) Polo shirts outside tennis and polo
  2. Pants for women (Not yet as far as general streetwear is concerned.)
  3. Bloomers (Only as underwear, though.)
  4. Shorts (They were seen as something that only little boys wore, and they wore them with stockings. See Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler.)
  5. Corsets (Social norms regarding women changed, and softer corsets that made the form look more boyish as opposed to feminine were more popular.)
  6. Ponytails in public
  7. Hoodies or sweatshirts (The first thing that we would call a 'hoodie' wasn't introduced until 1930, and was marketed towards laborers who worked in freezing conditions in upstate New York.)
  8. Baseball caps outside of baseball 
  9. The wearing of undershirts outside one's bathroom
  10. Most plastic surgery procedures outside of the military, and safe breast implants
  11. Jeans as casual wear or for those who weren't blue-collar workers
  12. Athletic shoes, even Converses outside of sports
  13. Capri pants and Bermuda shorts
  14. Sandals, even as beach wear, let alone flip flops (Flip flops were actually inspired by Japanese zori after WWII.)
  15. Long hair in general (It just wasn't in style, and was seen by younger women as outdated.)
  16. Pink as a feminine color and blue as a masculine color (Pink didn't become a feminine color until after WWII)
  17. Piercings for anyone respectable, even ear piercings (Piercings were associated with savages and gypsies by pretty much everyone until after WWII. Instead, women wore clip-ons. Also, it's been a tradition among sailors for centuries to wear a gold earring so that the metal could be sold and put towards the cost of a Christian funeral should they drown and have their body wash up somewhere. Interesting.)
  18. The wearing of nightclothes as streetwear (Seriously, what? When did this become acceptable?)
  19. Perms that didn't utterly kill your hair (The only form of perm that existed came to be known as the 'pocket perm', because the hairdresser would have to stuff handfuls of damaged hair into her pocket that had broken off during the process in hopes that the customer wouldn't notice.)
  20. Briefs, boxer shorts, standardized bra sizes, thongs, and other forms of elasticized underwear.

In a very short period of time, I will do a post on what random items didn't exist in 1926.

YOUR TURN: How much do you know on period fashion?