When World War One ended in 1918, people were obviously happy. So happy in fact that their collective euphoria ultimately influenced the fashion of the time. The era came to be defined by the emergence of vintage fashion, and as you can see from these pictures, it still looks awesome over 90 years later.


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Before the 1920s, fashion in Western Europe was still somewhat rigid and impractical. Styles were restrictive and formal and there was little room to express yourself. But after the war people began to abandon such styles in favor of comfort and character. Women started to wear short skirts and trousers and men began to dress more informally, and the suits men wear today are still largely based on the style of those adopted in the late 1920s.

This vintage outbreak marked a turning point in contemporary western fashion, and today's styles still owe a lot to the styles of the Roaring Twenties.

(h/t: vintage everyday)

#1 Women Drinking Coffee In A Terrace Of A Cafe, Paris, 1925

Women Drinking Coffee In A Terrace Of A Cafe, Paris, 1925

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#2 French Born Actress Claudette Colbert In The Phantom President, 1922

French Born Actress Claudette Colbert In The Phantom President, 1922

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Celeste Coit 5 months ago

1932, silhouette is too streamlined for the '20'. And the Phantom President was released in 1932.

#3 Actress Adrienne Ames

Actress Adrienne Ames

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Debbie 5 months ago

Stunning...Almost like a figurine...

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#4 Greta Garbo, In Movie The Torrent, Wearing Adorable Hat, And Lovely Dress, 1926

Greta Garbo, In Movie The Torrent, Wearing Adorable Hat, And Lovely Dress, 1926

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#5 Alden Gay Wearing Pearls And A Gown Of Black And White Georgette Crepe By Chanel, 1924

Alden Gay Wearing Pearls And A Gown Of Black And White Georgette Crepe By Chanel, 1924

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SusannaVesna 5 months ago

I would love to wear a dress like that!!

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#6 Katherine Burke, Performed In The Ziegfeld Follies From 1925 To 1931

Katherine Burke, Performed In The Ziegfeld Follies From 1925 To 1931

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AmandaPanda 5 months ago

She kind of looks like Drew Barrymore

#7 Woman Wearing Culottes And Smoking, 1928

Woman Wearing Culottes And Smoking, 1928

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DeborahSmock 5 months ago

Could B a commercial today

#8 Blues Singer Bessie Smith Poses For A Portrait Circa 1925 In New York City, 1925

Blues Singer Bessie Smith Poses For A Portrait Circa 1925 In New York City, 1925

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DeborahSmock 5 months ago

GORGEOUS

#9 Teenaged American Actress Loretta Young Wearing A 1920s Metallic Lace Evening Dress, 1928

Teenaged American Actress Loretta Young Wearing A 1920s Metallic Lace Evening Dress, 1928

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DeborahSmock 5 months ago

OOOH

#10 Silent Film Actress Colleen Moore Basically Invented The Bob, 1929

Silent Film Actress Colleen Moore Basically Invented The Bob, 1929

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JonFord 5 months ago

Uh, you might want to google "Louise Brooks"

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#11 American Actress, Jean Arthur Playing Golf, 1920s

American Actress, Jean Arthur Playing Golf, 1920s

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DeborahSmock 5 months ago

CUTE fit

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#12 American Actresses Joan Crawford And Dorothy Sebastian Enjoys A Picnic On The Beach, 1927

American Actresses Joan Crawford And  Dorothy Sebastian Enjoys A Picnic On The Beach, 1927

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DaniVachon 5 months ago

Those shoes, tho... so awesome!

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#13 A Woman Wearing A Cloche Hat Decorated With Flowers, 1927

A Woman Wearing A Cloche Hat Decorated With Flowers, 1927

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KellyLedger 5 months ago

These hats should definitely come back into fashion

#14 Madeleine Vionnet In A Norman Hartnell Dress, 1924

Madeleine Vionnet In A Norman Hartnell Dress, 1924

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Anita Cuellar 1 month ago

Gorgeous!!!!

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#15 Dancer, Singer And Actress Mary Eaton, 1921

Dancer, Singer And Actress Mary Eaton, 1921

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IrisBerry 5 months ago

I want this dress for my wedding.