Thursday, 9 July 2015

Throwback Thursday - 1930s Style Inspiration

Jean Harlow, film star of the 1930s
This is the next installment in my weekly mini posts, looking at each decade up to the 1960s. This week's theme is the 1930s. If you want to see my 1920s post, click here. The 1930s was hit by The Great Depression so poverty was at an all-time high. Swing becomes the popular music of the decade, overtaking jazz of the 1920s. My favourite Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was also released in 1937! The Wizard of Oz was also released in 1939, giving rise to the young star, Judy Garland.

1930s Hair
Short, pincurled hair remained popular for women. Centre partings or side partings were equally favoured. Finger waves remained popular as well.
Mary Pickford sporting the short hair of the decade
Finger waves
1930s Fashion
With the Great Depression, fashion became more 'practical'. The dropped waists of the 1920s returned to the natural waist to give a more 'feminine' shape. Accentuated, broader shoulders and longer skirts also became popular.

Vivien Leigh - Notice the accentuated, square shoulders on this blouse.
Jean Harlow - Figure-hugging gowns, much different to the 1920s.
1930s Makeup
Pencil thin eyebrows were the most prominent feature of women's make up. These were sported by the likes of Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich. The heavier eye shadows were giving way for softer shades of pink, taupe and blue. Lipstick was slightly softer as well in shades of berries.

Marlene Dietrich - thin brows were her trademark along with contoured cheekbones

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! The 1930s were such a powerfully elegant decade, despite - or perhaps all the more so because of - the massive socioeconomic issues of the day. Though a lot of that looks of the era don't work well on me, those from the last couple of years, as the forties silhouette emerged, often do and so they have the biggest soft spot in my fashion loving heart.

    ♥ Jessica


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