trends in the thirties:
- slim silhouette and a defined waist
- monochromatic/prints (favorite finds: chevron and mixed prints!)
- bows and ruffles
- lace; especially lace overlay
- mid and floor-length skirts
- defining your waist where it is naturally slimmest is great for all shapes and sizes. whether you create definition by tucking your shirt in, buying items that naturally gather at the waist, or add a belt, this gives shape and keeps clothing from looking tent-like. (nervous about showing your waist? add a blazer or cardigan. you’ll feel more covered but the defined waist will give you a shapely appearance.)
- wear suits! for a more modern approach, break them up. wear a blazer over anything from a tank to a button up. a pencil skirt is classic, and trousers have practically always been in.
- play with color and pattern*. go bold with one color or stick to the basics. as far as prints go, try to keep the pattern relative to the size of your body. if you are petite, keep it petite. if you are tall, feel free to experiment with larger patterns.
- feminine additions like bows, ruffles, and lace are always in style in my book. (and also if you live in the south. here, more = better. i knew i liked you, texas.)
- mid-length and floor length skirts were popular in the 30’s and continue to pop up today. i think a full mid-length skirt and a maxi dress (or a maxi skirt for more remixing options) are great additions to a timeless closet.
*a few more notes on patterns: various prints go in and out of style, but some have passed the test of time:
are there any 30’s trends that inspire you? share them below!