It has often been said that fashion styles are cyclical in nature. This could be one of the reasons why we witnessed a resurgence of bell-bottom trousers in the early 2000s and why males with longer hair are just as popular in these modern times as they were throughout the 1970s. However, some fashion trends seem to have aged better than others. This is why it is not likely that certain styles such as acid-washed clothing or “big hair” will make a comeback any time soon. However, many industry experts feel that the styles associated with the 1920s continue to impact our choices in the 21st century. Why might this be the case?
A Combination of Function and Appeal
We first need to remember that these decade was rife with enthusiasm and optimism. World War One had recently ended and the stock markets were soaring. Jazz was king and women were enjoying more rights than ever before. So, it only stands to reason that many of the predominant fashion trends reflected this same unbridled sense of progress.
Gone were the styles and garments associated with the Victorian times. Long dresses and over-the-top hats are two common examples. The clothing that began to emerge in the 1920s exhibited a much more flowing and lightweight nature. Many clothes were also more affordable due to the fact that they tended to be manufactured from cotton or wool as opposed to materials such as silk and velvet.
Female fashion trends were particularly noticeable during this time. Their clothes fit much looser and dresses dared to rise just above the knee. Such characteristics would have been nearly impossible to imagine during the late 1800s. Not only was clothing highly functional, but it appealed to the average onlooker. This unique synergy was not often seen in the past.
The Timeless Nature of the “Roaring 20s”
Why do some casinos display priceless art collections to their customers? Why have certain musicians such as Bach and Mozart continued to resonate over the years? The answer is simple. Some trends and styles are simply more timeless than others. Think about this for a moment. Let us imagine that two women were walking down the street. One is dressed in clothing associated with the 1950s and the other boasts a 1920s wardrobe. Which one would appear to be more out of place? Whether the designers of the time realised it or not, they were creating a style that would resonate from generation to generation.
The 1920s still holds a bit of magic for all of us in these modern times; perhaps for no other reason than the fact that they appeared to be such innocent days when compared to what was to transpire in only a decade. Still, the free-flowing and unapologetic nature of this type of fashion will appeal to countless individuals well into the future. Might we eventually witness a resurgence of other styles such as those found throughout the 1940s? Only time will tell.