For those wanting to get on the trend of colors in the 1920s and 1930s; what color was the most popular? What colors were on TV ads in the 1920s and 1930s?
I am going to give an overview of the colors produced prior to 1920 along with a brief overview of the colors we see today. I am going to include photos, photos of the commercials used in the 1920s. I hope this helps you if you are looking for a color palette.
How it all began
We are told that the colors that have dominated this century are white with pink and silver which is not only a false comparison and I think totally over-simplified the history of the 1920s. If we look at color palettes in the 1920s, we see that most women looked pretty much the same as today. In fact, in 1910 most women would wear the same colors as today. Here are some of the most popular colors for women in the 1920s:
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What would you wear today wearing the colors of the 1920s?
In the 1920s, women weren’t restricted to just wearing pale neutral colors on a day to day basis. You probably wouldn’t get a red dress here or a blue coat there. Women generally had many of the colors we see today: purple, red, peach, blue, silver and dark pink. For example, this 1940’s ad for Ralph Lauren for a tan suit:
The 1940’s were a wonderful time because of advancements in women’s clothing. They had long been worn by women for both daily wear and formal occasions, including weddings. But it was around this time that the first true high-rise dresses came out and they were a lot closer to what you see today, with long, straight legs, wide shoulders for an athletic fit and short, flat, high waisted dresses. What do you say? Are we wearing today’s modern version of the 1920s look?
If it was too dark (and not dark enough for your mood and style)
I think it is fair to say that the 1950’s was one of the most colorful years in recent history. The colors we saw in the 1950s can’t be explained by the natural colors of the seasons. I am going to tell you a few color trends that were
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