Shapely curves were concealed
with undefined box-shape
fashions... and flat-chested
The 1920s women’s fashions exhibited an
unprecedented transformation from the heavily
corseted figure of the Victorian era into an
almost boyish silhouette. Dresses were shapeless
and loose-fitting, with skirt lengths rotating
from ankle length to knee length and back again.
Shapely curves were concealed with undefined
box-shape fashions; and flat-chested was in!
Young women took to bandaging their breasts flat
to achieve the desired manly outline or wore
undergarments just as the
Symington Side Lacer that flattened the bust
when tightened. 1920s lingerie and 1920s underwear reflected
the absence of a silhouette the same as dress
fashions by mimicking the box shape in slips,
chemises and negligees.
1920s lingerie included flowing lace trimmed chiffon negligees that were loose-fitting
and cut similarly to the fashionable dresses of the day. The
lovely cream silk crêpe negligee on the right has wide lace
inserts and silk ribbon trim. The label reads: B. Altman
& Co., New York - Paris.
Negligees and House Robes from Harpers Bazar, c.1922
Gown" was offered in a 1925 Franklin & Simon
catalog, an elegant New York Fifth Avenue
establishment. This 1920s lingerie garment was made of filmy
chiffon with a tunic of Margot pattern lace and
available in tea rose, turquoise or orchid over
pink or peach color silk crêpe. The price was
By the 1920s, the
traditional cotton and lace cap of the 19th
century had been transformed into a confection
of colorful silk
and lace-- ornamented with silk ribbons, bows,
and flowers. These boudoir caps were worn in the
lady's bedroom to protect her coiffure while
matching 1920s boudoir set would be purchased for a
young lady's trousseau. Included were pink
satin slippers, garters and a boudoir cap—each
decorated with lace and tiny silk ribbon roses.
A "step-in" chemise
was a popular 1920s underwear garment for the young flapper
of the mid-1920s. The undergarment on the right is
lavishly ornamented with wide lace inserts and a
pretty "boutonnière" of silk ribbon flowers.
Gazette du Bon Ton, c1920
Gazette du Bon Ton, c1920
1920s Chemise on the left is of silk crêpe de Chine
with creamy laces and an embroidered appliqué.
It was available in peach, flesh pink, coral or
yellow. On the right, is a Vest-Chemise of
de Chine with matching Step-in Pantaloons.
1920s women had several options in underwear to
help them achieve that "boyish" figure of a
flat-chest and a straight silhouette. On
the left is a "semi-laced step-in corset" of
elastic with sections of pink broché at both the
back and front. It is softly boned at the
back and is 14 inches long.
The 1920sMiracle Reducing Rubber Brassiere
gave the "desirable flat lines" sought after by
young women in the 20s. It was paired with
the Miracle Reducing Rubber Reducer,
which molded the lines of the figure while
reducing it. The garment was "scientifically
designed without bones or lacings."
The 1920s Bramley corsele was a combination
brassiere and corset of self striped flesh
colored satin batiste, invisible under a
"flapper" dress. It cost $5.00.