As admirers of any girl sporting an expertly styled wardrobe, we can’t help but celebrate the arrival of spring with a few liner notes on the gals who embodied the 30’s style, and made it the look we still crush on to this day!
Here are the key fashion elements from White Stole’s Old Hollywood themed Garden Wedding guide to look for when recreating a classic 1930’s style for your Wedding Day:
Though only the more affluent could afford silk at that time, the 30’s look was fluid, flowing and ladylike in sheer silks, rayon or lightweight cottons in small to medium florals, or deco-inspired geometric prints. The bias cut with draping ruffles defined the figure-flattering silhouettes of the 30’s. Whereas the straight, angular silhouettes of the 1920’s played down the curves of a woman’s figure, the clothing styles of the 30’s instead celebrated the female form. Dresses were feminine and romantic with a return to the natural waistline. Hemlines remained at ankle or shin length and even rose a bit higher toward the end of the decade. Belts were worn at the natural waistline. Skirts with V-shaped yokes below the waist followed the line of the hips then flared out from the knee, ending in ruffles, tiers, folds or layers, while peplums were more popular toward the end of the decade.
Iconic evening looks included backless gowns in velvet or body-clinging sensuous satin as can be seen in the photos of Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Ginger Rogers. This decade is often remembered as the “Big Band Era” and the “Golden Age of Hollywood,” and the glamorous fashions worn by entertainers and silver screen stars heavily influenced the styles of the time.
In all silhouettes, the emphasis was on the neckline to bring emphasis to the vision of a woman’s face, making accessories an essential element to her look. The fitted bodices were capped with elaborate collars that appeared Stole and Capelike, or incorporated folds, ruffles or draping flutter-sleeves. Fur, fabric flowers or bows often decorated collars, the center bust area of the bodice or the waist, as well as hats. Hats were worn at an angle, with wide brims, cloches, turbans, and berets being most popular while strappy sandals for evening, often in metallic shades or mesh, were considered high-fashion.
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