How did the women dress in the 1920s? I found this out from reading books that I haven’t read yet but definitely plan to.
First, let’s talk about the 1920s. What made women look so different from men? A lot of it is cultural, but an obvious one was the lack of makeup. By the 1920s, women in their twenties had never worn makeup in their lives. The reason you saw these white mink coats worn in the 1930s is because nobody had to wear them on purpose! You’d notice some girls with makeup, but they just had it because they liked it, not because it was a fashion accessory.
I’m sure you’ve noticed in other blogs or conversations that women used makeup and a lot of what made them look beautiful did not come from makeup. Most of them had very attractive eyes and eyebrows, which you see quite a few of in the twenties. There are some photos with pretty girls, but none of them look very glamorous or have makeup. When you think about it, if you were in the 1920s, then it’s not hard to see how women didn’t want an obvious statement about their appearance. So, it would be like saying, well, why would women wear makeup?
The other thing to talk about is beauty products. To me, beauty products was just as important for women in the 1920s than it is today. In a sense, beauty products were just as important in the 1920s as they are for many, many women today. We are living in a society where we are constantly surrounded by advertising and products that have not only a short shelf-life but are also a lot expensive. Some people may argue that we would be better off for it, but that argument isn’t really valid either. In the 1920s, most women didn’t really have much cash to use for things as basic as makeup. A lot of the women I know who are doing makeup in their teens are doing what I would call a “handful.” A handful consists of just a few little tiny brushes with mascara on them. No, these aren’t expensive, but they come from very questionable sources. For example, the makeup I saw in the 1920s was probably a mixture of the cheapest cosmetics from India and what I consider very mediocre things from China, India, and South America.
There was a time when American men used makeup as a way to stand out and show off their wealth. In the 1920s, women got away with not showing