Although the flapper is most closely associated with 1920s fashions, a number of other clothing styles were equally as popular during the decade. Skirt lengths fluctuated quite a bit, women donned flashy evening attire, comfortable sportswear, and conservative work suits, and dresses either hung straight or flared at the hip. But despite the variety, women's 1920s fashions all broke free of the physical and social constraints of the previous century.
The boyish, or garçonne look, was quite popular from 1925-1926 and again from 1928-1929. Straight, curveless dresses were worn with bust flattening brassieres. The waist completely disappeared, and belts were worn around the hips. The chemise type dress was popular from 1925 to 1928 or 1929. The chemise (French for shirt) hung straight down to the knees.
Skirts rose to the knees during the first two years of the 1920s, fell to the ankles again in 1923, rose up to the knees again in 1925, and were again long by the end of the decade. Seen below are a number of ankle-length skirts that were popular between 1923 and 1925.
Tailored suits for the working woman also featured the straight, curveless cut.
The straight skirt was the dominant shape of the 1920s, but flaring skirts were also in fashion. Waists, however, were still quite low, and the form was still quite narrow and drooping.
Separate sweater and skirt ensembles, having plain or pleated skirts, also reflected the popular straight cut of the decade.
Casual sporting attire was introduced in the 1920s. In addition to bathing suits, tennis uniforms, and golfing outfits, simple, comfortable skirts, sailor blouses, and large-brim hats were worn by women.