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1920 Women’s Hairstyles

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1920 Women's Hairstyles

1920’s Fashion History Facts for Women: The Short Bob HairstyleThe short bob hair cut and style symbolized the independent and modern woman of the 1920’s. There were several different bob hairstyles including the ‘Dutch boy’ bob, the Eton Crop, the ‘Marcel wave’, the Castle Bob and the ‘Shingle’ bob cut that contributed to 1920’s Fashion. Short Bob HairstylesThe ‘Dutch boy’ bobThe ‘Dutch boy’ hairstyle was straight, slick and smoothly edged to just below the chin line and featured bangs. The Eton CropThe Eton crop a very short, slicked-down version of the bob style, famously worn by Josephine Baker. The ‘Marcel wave”Marcelled’ hair was a popular style for women’s hair in the 1920s achieved by means of heated curling irons that could produce controlled waves quickly. The ‘Marcel wave’ was a waved version of the bob hairstyle. The Castle BobThe Castle Bob, named after Irene Castle, was another version of the short cut bob, that featured with little curls on the fringe and at the bottom. The ‘Shingle’ bob cutThe ‘Shingle’ bob cut featured a look of rows of waves and layers over a closely shorn neck (resembling the row of sloping shingles used on a roof).Short Bob Hairstyles
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1920 Women's Hairstyles

1920’s Fashion for Women: The Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age1920’s Fashion attracted unprecedented publicity from the movie studios that publicized pictures and photographs of their famous movies stars who were idolized by millions of women who wanted to emulate the clothes worn by their idols. These women became the most influential of all the fashion icons of the era and their eager fans followed the latest trends and fashion styles. The exuberant and unconventional celebrities challenged the traditional styles worn by women by wearing short skirts, unrestricted clothes and make-up. Colleen Moore, a famous movie star of the era described the 1920’s Fashion worn by the flappers as smart and sophisticated, with an air of independence and who were so casual about their looks and clothes and manners to be almost slapdash. 1920’s Fashion represented modernism and women who were determined to free themselves of the shackles of the Victorian era.
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1920 Women's Hairstyles

1920’s Fashion History for Women: Accessories and Fashion TrendsAccessories that lead the 1920’s fashions and trends were rolled down stockings and galoshes, long strands of pearl beads, cigarette holders, headbands and feather boas. Another fashion trend was the flat-chested, boyish ‘garconne’ look and the 1920’s women who wore men’s clothing. Also refer to 1920s Men’s Fashion

1920 Women's Hairstyles

Bathing Costumes: Bathing costumes or suits became skimpier in the 1920’s. Necklines receded and arms were exposed as were legs up to mid-thigh as shown in the picture of 1920’s Hollywood movie star, Marie Provost. The swimsuits consisted of a long top that covered shorts, matching stockings were worn to complete the outfit. The most common fabric was a jersey material. Necklines receded from around the neck down to around the top of the bosom. The development of new fabrics allowed for new varieties of more comfortable and practical swimwear in the 1920’s.
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1920 Women's Hairstyles

With the third season of Boardwalk Empire upon us, we found it absolutely necessary to take a 1920-era inspired peek back at the elegant hairstyles that continue to inspire us almost 100 years later. The Women of Boardwalk Empire and their inspiring ‘dos The “Roaring ’20s” were all in favor curls, bobs, headpieces, and hats. These styles have been making major comebacks in the fashion world consistently for years. This year, we have started to see more authentic versions of these classic styles resurface. 1. Finger Waves are a classic curl from this time period that have made their way back onto present-day red carpets with a vengeance. Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Kate Bosworth, January Jones, Kim Kardashian, and Vanessa Hudgens can all attest to that! Some of the girls are modernizing the look, while others are keeping it as authentic as possible. Halle Berry flawlessly pulls off finger wave curls. Kate Bosworth opts for authenticity with her curls and overall look. 2. Bobs are another trend from the 1920s that are flourishing in 2012. The Bob was a classic “flapper girl” hairstyle, that boasts serious benefits for your face shape and bone structure. Louise Brooks made the bob popular in the late 1920s. Katie Holmes is one of the best examples of modern day celebs that sport the bob! Nobody rocks this hairstyle quite like Katie, and if this picture were black and white, we could almost confuse it with a picture of Ms. Brooks! Katie keeps the 1920s alive with this sleek, shiny bob. 3. Low chignons were also popular in the 20s for women with longer hair. Women did not wear their hair down if it was any longer than chin-length during that time. With that being said, a low chignon was a simple, quick, but elegant solution to pull the hair back from the face. Grace Kelly wasn’t alive just yet, but her chignon is very in sync with the 1920s time period. Lauren Conrad has paid plenty of homages to this era’s style in terms of her hair, makeup, and wardrobe choices. Here, she nails the low, piecey chignon and looks incredibly elegant and polished in the process. So inspiring! 4. Lastly, hair in the 1920s wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous accessory to top it off! From decorative headbands, birdcage hats, and even feathers, these accessories paved the way for what was to be a long-lasting trend for decades to come. Drew Barrymore perfects 1920s glam with finger waves and a birdcage headpiece. Elizabeth Olsen opts for a more modern and subtler take on the 1920s flapper look. Elegant glamour defines the 1920s in terms of style. So many inspired looks are being reincarnated on the red carpets, and we have no doubt why as these ladies nearly knocked our socks off with their bold, beautiful style! What is your favorite style trend from the 1920s? Is there another era you’d like to see us highlight? For the (roaring) love of hair, Staci
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1920 Women's Hairstyles

Singer Mary Castle was one of the first to decide to bob and said, “I consider getting rid of our long hair one of the many little shackles that women have cast aside in their passage to freedom.” Mary Castle wasn’t born until 1931, so i doubt that she was one of the first to cut her hair short in the 1920’s. I suspect it would rather be opera singer Mary Garden born 1874.
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1920 Women's Hairstyles

On May 1, 1920, the Saturday Evening Post published F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” This infamous tale depicts a sweet-but-dull young lady who submits to the barber’s shears and is transformed into a smooth-talking vamp by her fickle society-girl cousin. The heroine would become a role model for many young women. See full text
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1920 Women's Hairstyles

Once a woman cut her hair, she was at the mercy of her community’s criticism. The reactions to short hair were mixed from both women and men. Some do-it-yourselfers tried to cut their own hair, which only made it look ridiculous. Many women kept their heads covered in scarfs, kitchen bonnets and hats until hair grew out. Others who opted for professional cuts may have had a better haircut but not necessarily a better reaction. The shock of less hair and the disapproving comments from older family members were enough to make many women feel like a “hussy”. While some husbands and fathers liked the short looks, most did not.  Especially conservative Christians who believed long hair was a sign of godliness in women. Eventually all parties found a comfort zone with the new styles. Hair regrew and the town barber became more skilled at these new cuts. Friends who at first thought bobbed hair was shameful eventually gave in and bobbed their own hair, too.
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The ‘Garconne’ look and Coco Chanel: The boyish ‘garconne’ look (“boy” with a feminine suffix) and adoption of male clothing was introduced by fashion designer Coco Chanel and favored by movie stars like Marlene Dietrich. The liberating androgynous styles were daring and innovative. Coco Chanel is credited with liberating women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette” and introducing sporty, casual chic to the modern women of the era. Coco Chanel used male themes like sailors outfits and mechanic’s dungarees as inspirations for her fashions. Men’s sweaters were worn with a belt around the waist, women wore tailored suits complete with shirt and tie. Short knickerbockers and baggy trousers also became in vogue enabling women to enjoy comfortable sports clothing for golf and and bicycling. Coco Chanel is also famous for popularizing the ‘little black dress’.
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Another highlight of the ’20s that exemplified change was the evolution of women’s hairstyles. Ladies were saying goodbye to their long Victorian locks and welcoming much shorter hairdos. The mass appeal of this trend wasn’t accepted by many salons, so barbers became the go-to for 1920s hairdressing. Armed with close-cutting scissors known as shears, these bold women were in well-trained hands. Elaborate and expensive jewels worn as headpieces added a feminine touch.

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