Continuing our blog on how fashion has changed since the 1920s we carry on with women’s blouses, shirts and tops and how they changed in the 30s. The fashion of the 1930s were very feminine V-necked blouses with draped bow ties around the neck, as well as shirts made from linen and satin.
The war years of the 1940s rayon and viscose replaced the hard to obtain silk and nylon. Leisure shirts mostly consisted of canvas, linen and terry cloth. The women working on the land often wore military style blouses and shirts and sometimes even full military outfits.
After the war and up to the mid-50s the fashion changed quite radically, in came rounder neck styles on either short or long-sleeved shirts. Around this time polo necks were very popular, with Dolman sleeves being highly fashionable.The 60s bought a fresh look, with ethnic printed blouses and boat-neck tops and sweaters. In the latter part of this decade more psychedelic patterns were in vogue and the hippie fashion was all the rage. Shirts made from cheesecloth and peasant type tops were also common.
Looking and feeling casual was the thing to do in the 80s, T-shirts and polo shirts dominated the scene. For people looking for a more formal look in this decade boxy tops together with shoulder pads were quite acceptable, along with blazers and dress shirts.
The 1990s saw the real growth of commercialism within the fashion industry, designer labels were no longer discreet and were emblazoned on the outside of clothing as a fashion statement and also to show the affluence of the wearer.This trend continues right up to the present day, where items of casual wear bear the logo of a top fashion house often in large bold letters. These customized items such as T-shirts are a way of expressing the wearer’s personality and taste by means of clever phrases or cult sayings.
Shoes have changed through the decades just as much as any other items of clothing. In the early days of the 20s shoes would feature wide and high heels. There was even a quirk of fashion that ladies would wear shoes with their swimwear. Ten years later pumps and strapped heels were prominent, whilst in the 40s shoes followed the trend of all clothing and were practical and quite conservative. Most of the shoes during the war years had flatter heels made with either wood or cork. The 1950s saw the arrival of sandals and rounded toe pumps along with lace up boots with leather uppers. The 1960s saw leather slip-on boots become all the rage whilst vinyl boots dominated the 70s. Pumps with thinner and higher heels came to fashion in the 80s along with tennis shoes. The 1990s saw the shoe fashion return back to casual, leather was substituted for alternatives as a result of green issues. As with other clothing of the time, branded shoes were very popular and manufacturers such as Nike, Adidas and Reebok. As we can see there are different factors for the changing of fashions over the decades and many things contributed to a changing fashion scene.