Friday, March 14, 2014



Last 14th day of the month I talked with you about Fashions During The Roaring 1920s. Today we are discussing hairstyles and accessories. 

A decade followed the end of the First World War known as the Roaring 20s. It was the age of the flapper.

The 1920s defined social and cultural rebellion. From the bootleggers who smuggled moonshine across state lines to the women's suffrage movement that helped women secure the right to vote, the Roaring Twenties caused a commotion.

The evolution of women’s hairstyles exemplified the rebellion. Ladies said goodbye to their long Victorian locks and welcomed much shorter hairdos.

No more bustles and corsets gave clothing designers great freedom to invent new styles. And women shopped and cropped, dressing in colors and styles that reflected the joy of a war-weary population following the end of the war.

Thanks to new material and less of it, dresses were lighter and brighter and shorter. Evening wear was often trimmed with fur. Hemlines rose for most of the decade.

Shoes and stocking assumed greater important now that they were visible. Silk stockings in all colors of the rainbow matched the coordinated outfits of stylish women.

Women sought education and work outside the home. After the war, many had fatherless families to support. They turned to mail-order catalogs and department stores for easy access to fashions.

The bob gained popularity. Women all over the world copied Hollywood hairstyles. The Marcel wave and permanent waving became vogue.

Women’s underwear changed and modern style bras were introduced. The new bras tended to flatten breasts. Other styles appeared that provided shape and support. Flappers wore short dresses with seams above the knee.

Beautiful, coordinated accessories became the rage. Hats, shoes, stockings, handbags, dresses and jewelry came together in harmony to create an elegant style. Thus a new woman evolved.

I’m writing a book set in the 1920s about one such flapper. The working title is CUPID GOES BARNSTORMING. Gloria, a perfect 1920s new woman, is an orphan trying to make a living and save her dream.

If you had lived during the 1920s would you have been eager to cut off your luxurious long hair for the shorter bob? Remember stylish hats favored short hair. Leave a comment for a chance to win my new book just released, MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT.

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won many awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement just released. She makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books at For great information on writing an award-winning novel visit Anne at . 


  1. Hello Anne. Very interesting post. I don't quite know what I'd do. But as much trouble as I have trying to fix my hair, the shorter would be much easier to care for. This was when my mother was very young. She married at 15 in 1921. She started her own home home and raised 8 children through the years. My dad said at one time she could sit on her hair. I can't even imagine tending hair like that. I would love to win your book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  2. Anne, Interesting post. I probably would have cut it as my hair doesn't style well when long also the hat could hide a bad hair day!
    However I loved the look of the longer hair but I am sure it was difficult to take care of.
    Thank you

  3. When I was teaching Home Economics in the 80's, we had a fashion show modeling clothes from the late 1800's to the 1960's. A friend of mine was into reenactments and had quite a wardrobe. My students researched the era of clothing they would model, the stage was decorated with old timey artifacts - so much fun! I loved this article, brought back many memories. Would love to read this book!

  4. I would probably cut my hair because I am adventurous, but I would miss long silky hair! I love the purse in the blog-it's luxurious. Love to read your book, Marriage By Arrangement. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Being one that would probably want to go along with the latest styles and trends, I am sure I would sport a bob and a darling hat! Your post was so interesting, Thank you!

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  6. I would love to have the hairstyle and I am Such a fan of hats..wish more people would wear fun hats. I'd love to read your book too...truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

  7. I don't know if I would cut my hair a short bob....I liked the Victorian style of hair, too! But, most likely with the style of the roaring 20's and fashion the way it was....I would probably chop off the long hair for short hair. Just to be with the fashion and not stand out.


  8. I'm sure I would have cut my hair into a bob. I have always tried to wear my hair in whatever the current style dictated. I laugh at some of the pictures my pictures from years gone by.