Fashion is a tool that men and women alike have been using for centuries as a means of expressing their personalities. Fashion can be used to show social status, or can be used to stand out among a homogenous group. Each decade marked a new trend in the fashion industry. The late 1880's, 90's, and early 1900's were marked with tight corsets and long skirts. The 1920's, however, marked a significant point in the history of women's fashion. Hem lengths were getting shorter, the "bobbed" hairstye came into the picture, and rouge and bright red lipstick adorned the faces of women everywhere in the 20's. With the creation of films and magazines, many Americans were able to delve into the "flaming youth" culture, where wild parties and free love were emphasized. This brought more awareness of sexual desires and rebellion against the traditional female roles. The fashion of the 1920's was a direct outcome of this phenomenon.
http://image.glamourdaze.com/2014/04/Mary-Pickford-Tea-Party-held-in-September-1928.jpg "With silken legs and scarlet lips/ We’re young and hungry, wild and free,/ Our waists are round about the hips/ Our skirts are well above the knee/ We’ve boyish busts and Eton crops,/ We quiver to the saxophone
Come,/ dance before the music stops/ for who can bear to be alone?” an excerpt from James Laver's poem "The Women of 1926."
In this excerpt from the poem "The Women of 1926," James Laver describes the rebellious techniques that women were implementing, such as using bright lipsticks and having "skirts well above the knee." Women were learning during this time to embrace feminism in a new way by disregarding the traditional rules of women, such as staying in the house and avoiding activities specifically for men. Now, women were enjoying the new music of the Jazz age, smoking cigarettes, and joining clubs; just as the men were.