World War 1 was a time filled with trauma, despair, and hardships. Women had limited freedoms such as being able to vote, being confined at home, and having less than half of the rights men were able to have. Time flew by and as the war ended in 1918, the 1920’s decade of change soon approached. The year was famously known as “The Jazz Age” and “The Roaring 20’s” because of the newly found freedom, social and political changes, and the time of prohibition. Among these powerful new changes was the freedom that women were finally able to vote and enjoy what was about to come. Instead of being confined at home, the women joined labor forces, worked with wages, and experimented with different types of behavior that would have been
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Born was the “flapper,” which was a woman who wore short dresses, bobbed their hairs short, and flaunted their unacceptable behavior. Other forms of fashion also included fine silk blouses with large lace-edged collars, deep waist and side pocket skirts, and lace up leather shoes (Peacock 204). The corset that once shaped the hour glass figure of women everywhere was abandoned for clothing which was more comfortable and boyish. The dresses worn by the young girls were alarming because of their lifted skirts which showed no sign of modest limitation (Wukovits 142). The sleeves and neck lines were being reduced even more and some even had daring bare back dresses. Younger girls rolled their stockings below the knee revealing an inappropriate glance of skinny bones and knee caps. The reason women cut their long beautiful hair to short bobs, strapped down their breasts to make them appear smaller, and wearing comfortable loose clothing was to show the world that women could not just settle for a “masculine field”; they wanted to be seen equal with men and wanted more unisex activities. The new style that emerged among young women emphasized freedom of movement.
Women’s fashion in the 1920’s did not only create a sense of a whole new human being, but a human with no morals and values. The 1920’s were an exciting and maybe even a little frightening time to be young (Carlisle 31). Materialism was