The fashion trend is said to have started in Britain around 1920 as a reaction to the popularity of men’s clothing in the 1920s.
It’s thought it was an attempt to show Britishness, and a way of getting people out of their comfort zones.
Who did Men Wear in the 1920s?
As women were less able to wear what they liked they often bought a “men’s clothes” to wear.
Many people had already bought male clothes for themselves and wanted a way to have more choice for both sexes
The “ladies” wore everything from dresses to skirts to top hats to long-sleeved shirt tops.
There was an increasing lack of quality clothing for both men and women. The problem was especially acute with men.
The trend was widespread by 1930 and it was in this year that it really took off.
Women could now buy any shirt they liked. Their clothing would no longer be restricted to maternity wards
They could also go out in the public and buy fashionable clothes for men.
The most popular men’s dress of the period were top hats for men and men’s dresses. These were often made in white, with a pattern of a blue band around the crown and a red stripe and collar.
There was a shift from the traditional black flannel shirts to brightly coloured shirts by the end of the 1930s.
Who did Women Wear in the 1920s?
Women were able to wear any colour of shirt as long as it was black.
The most popular shirts were striped – either in a striped top or trousers with a striped, bright blue shirt on top. The latter was considered stylish.
The trend was also said to be a response to the changing fashions of the time and also to help women feel more in control over their lives.
What did Men Wear in the 1920s?
Men’s dress continued to be defined by their fashion in the 1930s. If you were male these rules were the rule.
Men’s clothes became more colourful and had a pattern to them, and the “dress” was also much larger, as you could not get away with wearing a white shirt for a wedding dress.
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