Hello my loves!
This is the second part out of three of the ”What’s my era?” posts and it’s all about the 1930s! The first part was about the 1910s-1920s so if you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here! As i said on my first post, i’m making these articles to help those in despair to find the era that suits them best! It’s not always easy to find it from the very beginning!
The 1930s seem to be my favorite by far! They connect the earlier eras of the 1990s with the 1940s-1950s by keeping many things from the 1910-1920 but also including something new.
To begin with, the Great Depression (i will write about it on another post) took place at the beginning of the 1930s (1929 to be exact) and lasted till the late 30s. It was a worldwide economic depression (the biggest one in the 20th century) and it began in the United States. Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 25% and in some countries rose to 33%!
It was also when the Empire State Building opened in 1931, Hitler appointed himself leader on 1934, the 4th Winter Olympics took place in 1936 and the WWII started on 1st September of 1939.
Even though the 1930s had a lot of awful events and not everything is as hevenly as it seems in the old times, i prefer to show you the most beautiful parts on this post.
Let’s begin with some women’s fashion of the 1930s! As the Vintage Dancer states, the fashion of the 30s is usually overshadowed by the great depression, but the 1930s were full of glamour and style! Many things changed in the fashion industry during that time. ”The very loose, square, drop-waist, high knee-length hem, and slightly “boyish” look of 1920s fashion for women was completely gone by 1933 and was replaced with a much more modest and form fitted style with an accentuated natural “high waist”, fitted hips, longer mid-calf or floor length hemline, high neckline, and wide shoulders.” says the Vintage Dancer. Women in the 30s had to always look very elegant despite the awful financial conditions. Pretty much like in 1910s huh?
Moving on to the men’s fashion, men were wearing mostly suits again just like in the 1910-1920 but with many differences in the designs! For instance, the shoulders were broader and tall pants were now in fashion! Also, shirts were not very different from how they are today while sweaters were worn by the lower classes at that time.
Of course, let’s not forget the hats, which were very popular just like in the earlier eras!
Moving on to the makeup, it became very popular to every woman in the 1930s! We started seeing lighter eyeshadows and many colors were available, waterproofed mascaras, more lipstick colors and of course the first ”eyeliner” effect. Women began to contour the eye, tracing a triangle effect with a pencil. One of the makeup experts back then was the famous Max Factor, while another significant fact is that the British Daily Mail reported in 1931 that 1,500 lipsticks were being sold to women for every 1 being sold in 1921! Another interesting thing is that many women were using mascara in the lower lashes only, to lift eyes out as Glamour Daze says!
Now let’s see the hairstyles! Women in the 1930s LOVED waves! Their hairstyles were again more feminine than in the 1920s and they started going back to longer hair again (like the 1910s once again right?). Curls became softer and each hairstyle became more easy let’s say, yet very elegant and creative!
Men on the other hand, didn’t change their hairstyles that much. They still had shiny stick back hair or that classy side part hairstyles, along with a mustache, at times. The mustaches though, were different! We went from long ones to very short ones!
And now the part that most of you (especially my friend Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide) have been waiting for! The music!
The music was shaped, as everything else, by the contrasting mood of the Great Depression. Jazz envolved into many styles with the Swing and the Big Band becoming very popular in the 1930s! Many actors were also becoming popular singers while the music industry could now measure the popularity of the songs.
So this was the second part of ”What’s my era?” posts. I really hope you enjoed it and hopefully some of you will choose the 1930s as their favorite era! I went from the 1950s to the 1930s so it’s not impossible to happen!
Thank you so much for reading darlings! I will see you on my next post!
A Vintage Athenian💋