Men could still kill their spouse or children with relative impunity - not in a German ethnic area, but in the city.The only time they were jailed for such offenses typically involved some kind of politics.Some were desperate for change, others wanted nothing to do with it.The most stunning thing you will notice about 1920s fashion is the shape of the silhouette. While most fashions accentuate the figure in some way or another, it almost seemed like, at times, any shape other than straight was a big no-no.Straight, curveless dresses were worn with bust flattening brassieres.The waist completely disappeared, and belts were worn around the hips.Separation was common (and socially acceptable) and many men who up and left their wives, moved to say California and married someone else (never divorcing the first wife).This wasn't known by my great-aunt until her children were grown (hubby left town after the youngest of 5 were born - one of her children found dear old dad much later). Even though she legally could own property in many states, it was often taken over by the husband once she was married.
The suits men wear today are still based, for the most part, on those worn in the late 1920s.
The 1920s are characterized by two distinct periods of fashion.
In the early part of the decade, change was slow, as many were reluctant to adopt new styles.
In my family, living in a rural german ethnic community, dating was approved or disapproved by the father.
Marriage typically occurred within 6 months of an engagement being announced. If you divorced, the woman and her children would be nearly shunned by most folks, even if she didn't seek the divorce or was the cause for the divorce.
Although the flapper is most closely associated with 1920s fashions, a number of other clothing styles were equally as popular during the decade.
Skirt lengths fluctuated quite a bit, women donned flashy evening attire, comfortable sportswear, and conservative work suits, and dresses either hung straight or flared at the hip.
Designers and homemakers alike were throwing caution to the wind, trying daring new styles just to see what they could get away with.
In this instance, I’m speaking of young, stylish city women.
1920s Garçonne Fashions: Image courtesy of Jenna Weissman Joselit, A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America, 2001 1920s Garçonne Fashions: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing, History of 20 Century Fashion, 1992 Skirts rose to the knees during the first two years of the 1920s, fell to the ankles again in 1923, rose up to the knees again in 1925, and were again long by the end of the decade.
Seen below are a number of ankle-length skirts that were popular between 19.