“Womenswear”, for those familiar with the term. The women wore blouses and dresses. Their hair was often dyed for fashionable effect, and a “wool” was a synthetic fiber or material that could be woven with wool, linen or silk. The fabrics may have been silk, mohair, polyester, nylon, cotton or cotton flannel.
What did men wear in the 1920s? “Men’s wear”, in general, encompassed a variety of “costumes”, from simple costumes (like hats or headbands) and wigs to elaborate, colorful and decorative items, such as a silk or velvet duster. Often a costume was used as a fashion statement, but often in a “masculine” direction, to express an active masculinity. This could include a cape, shirt, trousers and shoes.
What did modern women wear at the time? Most women were still working in factories in the US, and had fewer fashion accessories for 1920s men. Also, the average woman’s age was considerably higher than the average man’s. However, women also had fewer clothing styles available to them from the 1920s on.
What women had access to in the 1920s:
Womenswear was quite different for women in the 1920s than it was for men. In the 1920s, almost everyone wore at least one item of clothing that was made of “made for the worker” materials. For example, cotton clothing was not just another “made for the worker” material; it was one of the most important “wages of trade” materials for women. It was the fabric which was usually dyed bright neon colors to show off fine silk clothing. The neon colors were made from silk dyes and other synthetic fibers.
Women could also buy a wide variety of “laundry goods”, including hats, trousers, socks, and more in the 1920s. Although the “laundry” was “for the worker”, in other words a woman could be a textile worker, a laundress or a “stitcher”, it is a useful example of “made for the worker” clothing.
Women tended to own at least two types of “costume” for women. First, clothing made for the body. Women were not only free to wear their “proper” clothing if they chose, but they often used a wide range of fabrics to add more variety to their “costume”. Second, women were allowed to dress like men (sometimes