People in the thirties wore pretty simple looking clothes. Since the Wall Street Crash on October 24, 1929, women had to sew and mend their clothes instead of buying new ones. In the first years of the decade, the hemlines on women's clothing dropped rapidly to the ankles and stayed that way all through the decade. A woman's neckline was lowered on their clothes. Skirts, the woman wore, were designed with great detail. On the upper part of the skirt, yokes appeared for the first time anywhere. They were designed with a v-shape and and were extended from one hip to the other hip. The skirts were layered and had a ruffled look. At the very bottom, the the woman's skirt was filled with many gathers and pleats. Many times, dresses and skirts were made of velvet. Also, women wore balloon sleeved dresses with a tiny, fitted waist. Fur was very popular in the thirties. Women and girls would wear fur to appropriate outings. They used fur as capes, coats, wraps, trimmings, and accessories.
The pillbox hat
women wore hats, they were worn at an angle. The pillbox hat was just invented
in the thirties. The pillbox hat was was a square hat that fit right on
top of the human head.
In the thirties, women let their hair grow longer, but it still remained carefree as in the twenties. Curls, especially around the face and around the forehead were popular back then.
Many shoe styles were invented in the thirties such as the the rounded
toes, which were wide and had thick heels. Flat shoes and pumps were also
worn, and shoes with straps on the ankle with moderate heels were worn,
too. The lace-up shoes, slip-on styles, and the buckle -up shoes were also
The handbags that were available in the thirties were very similar to the twenties. Beaded and enameled mesh bags were very popular. During the middle part of the thirties, the leather bags started to be popular. The washable, easy-care fabrics were also introduced in the thirties.
The Wall Street crash had a large impact on the men's clothing. By 1931, more than 8 million men had lost their jobs, which meant that they didn't have much or any money to spend on clothes. In the beginning of the decade, the men's suit was very hard to buy. Mostly the men wore jeans, old rag shirts, hats, and leather boots.
In the thirties, the fads were the new way to dance. One of the famous dances was called the "Jitterbug."