HISTORY OF EUROPEAN fashion clothing 1900-45

žThe 20th century is considered by many to be one of the most transforming and developing centuries humankind has ever experienced.

žDuring the 20th century the pace of change occurred by years, and sometimes months. Society changed the way we lived, and we changed society.

žThe first decade of the 1900s lit the spark of flame. Here’s the 20th Century Fashion History: 1900 -1945.


žBlouses and dresses were full in front and puffed into a pigeon breast shape of the early 20th century. žTall stiff collar characterize the period. Neckline were supported by very high boned  collar. žThe fashion houses of  the Paris  began to show a new silhouette, with thicker waist, flattered bust, narrower hip. žBeginning of 1920’s it was fashionable for women to wear high waisted cloth. žParisian countries introduced bias-cut into their design, which enhance the fabric to skin over the body. žLong, simple and clinging evening gown were popular at that time. As the result of war, severe fabric shortage, due to which minimum fabric were used or less pleats and no trimmings in dress.

žAs the result of war, severe fabric shortage, due to which minimum fabric were used or less pleats and no trimmings in dress. žFrom 1942 onwards some clothes were made under the government Utility Scheme that Rationed material. žThey are identifiable by ‘CC41’ stamp  (Civilian Clothing Act of 1941) In 1947, Christian Dior introduced his ‘New Look’ which revolutionized 1940’s.

Sportswear and Tailored Clothing

ž Revolving from Victorian era to Edwardian era which started a new lifestyle and this time brought a new fashion trend known as the “New  Women”. žNew Women were those women who came out from domestic circle and to pursue higher education like office, job, and also participating in sports or outdoor sports. žTailored suits became more popular for the women as they were working in white collar. žThe outfit worn by the typical college girl was a skirt that are usually shorter than current fashion, and a shirt waist , which is the best described as the equivalent of jeans and  T-shirt today. During the mid to late 1930s, swimsuits became more revealing than those of the 1920s, and often featured lower necklines and no sleeves. These were made from nylon and rayon instead of the traditional wool.


Headgear & Hairstyle

žTwo new style of headgear which were popular- motoring veil for driving, sailor hat for tennis matches or for bicycling. žGibson girl hairstyle was also popular. Masses of wavy hair were fashionable. žHuge, broad-brimmed hat were worn in mid-decade. Large hat were worn with evening wear. žAlso hair was worn in center parting, often looped around pad and false hair to create volume.


žThere were shoes for every occasion oxford for a tailored costume, slippers with straps, for festive occasion or pumps with pearl buckles, and finally boot for winter season. žAt the beginning of 1900s shoes still maintained the same design of the Victorian Era. žThese shoes were commonly made or found in seal skin or Moroccan leather.


žIt was prominent, including large brooches and long string of pearls.

Rise in Haute Couture

žThis decade marked the full flowering of Parisian haute couture has the right to decide the style and silhouette for women of all classes. žThe new style began like form-fitting gown with high and undefined waist, or ankle length skirts are long tunic like jackets. žThe Paris correspondent for Vogue described this new look  as “straighter and straighter”.


žThe sack coat or lounge coat continued to replace the frock coat for most formal and semi-formal occasion. žTrousers were shorter than before, often had turn-ups and cuffs, and were creased front and back using the new trouser press. žThe Norfolk jacket remained fashionable for shooting and rugged outdoor pursuits. žThe cutaway morning coat was still worn for formal day occasion in Europe. ž At evening party, they worn evening  jacket  with white bow tie, and shirt with winged collar.

žDinner jacket was worn with a white shirt and dark tie, knee length topcoat and calf overcoat were  worn in winter. žFormal dresses shirt turned  over or pressed into ‘wings’. The usual necktie was a narrow four-in-hand. Ascot tie were worn with formal day dress and while bow tie with evening dress. žFrom 1914, mostly men were found in military uniform. Men wore a plain or simply patterned modern knot tie. žIn 1930, men generally worn 3- piece suits for work or formal occasion only. After 1945, many men leaving the armed force were issued with a de-mob suit.


Headgear & Hairstyle

žTop hats remained a requirement for upper class formal wear; two most popular hat were worn at that time was Homburgs and bowler hats. žAs hat were worn with lounge  or sack suits, and flat straw boaters were worn for casual occasion. žCloth cap were also popular amongst the working class. žHair was cut very short at the sides, and most men were clean shaven. Beards were now reserved for mainly older men.


žShoes for men were mostly over the ankle. Toe cap, lace up boot in black, gray, or brown were the most commonly used. žIn the Edwardian times basic lace up oxford shoes were introduced.


žGirl fashion for this time period imitated older women of the same time. They wore dresses of knee length, with trimming at the hem such as a lace of embroidery. žTheir hair are generally worn long and curly with decoration of ribbon. They also wore kidskin and crochet  gloves. žBonnets were being replaced at that time so girls wear a hat at that time. žYoung boys found comfort in Russian style blouses. žFashionable clothing for boys included sailor suits, consisting of a shirt with sailor collar and trousers. ž

Working Clothes

žBoth men and women working on war service wore practical trousers or overalls. Women bundled their hair up in caps, scarves.

How To Dress To Look Slimmer Instantly

Today I am sharing 10 Tips 10 style tricks to help you look instantly slimmer, and they all works. Before I drive those 10 tips I wanted to say there is no reason why any of us need to look slimmer own body, own body curve all of that is beautiful, every sizes are beautiful, every body types are beautiful.

I am merely offering suggestions, so that if you are interested is one day trying to look little slimmer or a little taller, these tricks can really make a difference.

10 Trick To Look Slimmer Instantly

High Rise Jeans

High rise jeans or high waisted garment is one designed to sit high on, or above the wearer’s hip, usually at least 8 cm (3cm) higher than the navel.

Those who are having pear shaped body, should go blindly with high rise jeans, because it provides great coverage for your rear end, while lenghteing legs and balancing out tue hip ares.

The bigger your backside, infact the better you look slightly slimmer.

If you are having a belly fat and you can choose to wear a good jeans then go out for higher rise jeans because it eliminate muffin top problem , and helping you showing off your small natural waist.

When you are shopping for high- rise jeans, look for a pair with contoured waist band that’s ofcourse higher in the back to eliminate gapping at the waist.

Dark wash Jeans

The first way and probably one of the most powerful way that you can look slimmer instantly is by wearing dark wash jeans, that you elongate you even more.

Dark wash jeans will make you appear slimmer but if you want to maximize your slim appearance your overall outfit must adhere to the rule. Darker colour tends to conceal more.

Slim, well fitting dark wash jeans , in a deep indigo or denim wash, are not only slenderizing, but also super versatile for wearing will both casual and dressy tops.

Cinch It !!!!!

Cinch It means the illusion to look slimmer by putting waist belt or any fabric which cinch the body into most flattering ways.

It is generally considered the most flattering because they emphasize the smallest part of your body and make you look slimmer, but hip belt can di the sme things, provided that are covered a little on both side.

All Black

Black never fails to make you look slim and elegant. Darker shade of colour like blue, purple, and brown can also help to hide flaws and create a slimming illusion. On the other hand, lighter colors, like white and khaki, can add pounds and give illusion of a larger frame.

Wear V-neck

The V- neck create the illusion of height and slim down a larger frame while also creating the illusion of a slimmer neckline especially if you have double chin. Wearing a V- neck draws the attention to your chest instead of your neck. And this tips goes for both men and women.

Portrait Neckline

It is an off- shoulder or a one- shoulder top. The portrait neckline is regular, classic, elegant look to it. What I love about portrait neckline, that it creates the wide V at the top. So, the V neck does that work for you, because it make the shoulder look broader.

If you have broader shoulder, you might wanna steer clear of the portrait neckline, because that will really accentuate your broad shoulders.

Instead, I would go with something like an one shoulder top, but it won’t exaggerate or exacerbate the effect of the wider broader shoulder.

Showing a little bit of skin up top definitely make you look slimmer.

Volume Proportion

The next tips to help you look slimmer is volume proportion. If you are wearing something that really oversized, like billowy blouses or wide leg, oversized legged pants, you don’t wanna put those two pieces that are both oversized and both voluminous together. That willake you loook bigger all over. If instead you take one oversized or bigger piece and you contrast that with something that’s more fitted bon your body skimming, then you’ll look alot slimmer longer and taller.

Structured Jacket

The next tip is to wear a jacket. A blazer, a jacket with structure works miracles when it comes to making you look thinner. So, not only will it slim hips, thigh, muffin top area, tummy area, it will also create some structure and shape, which make you look thinner. It will versus a more slouchy, less structured cardigan sweater.

Wear A Dust

The next tips is to wear a duster, and there are all sorts of version of duster. So there are duster cardigans, there are duster vests. There are maxi dresses that you could wear as a duster. So, the duster layer will dona couple of different things.

Its gonna do kind of what the third layer jacket does, which is slim hips, butt, thighs, and tummy area, but also, the lenght of duster is going to make u look longer, taller, slimmer, jot to mention add drama, cause you women known by saying about drama with your clothes.

I like drama with my clothes, not with my life. I love a duster because it add drama when you move, it flow and blows in the breeze and it just so elegant, beautiful and sophisticated but also does wonder in terms of making you look longer and taller.

Wear Solid Denim

I wanna dive you into the jeans topic or the jeans category a bit further and just explain to you, that a solid dark wash denim with no fading or whiskering is going to make you look slimmer, longer, taller then the version of those jeans that could be still dark wash but maybe have fading in the front of legs, maybe have whiskering at the top.

That where the fading kind of look like cat whiskers. It might have fading at the ankle. It may have fading in the butt. Any fading spots or faded spots on your denim will not be as elongating and slimmer as that true dark , dark wash, midnight blue jeans. It doesn’t have to be skinny jeans. It can be straight leg jeans. It could ne a flared leg jeans, fit and flare jeans.

You can even accessories yourself with long neckpieces and even by wearing a nice pair of heel which will elongate your look and make you look slimmer, sexier, longer.