Back in 1930, in Hollywood, the Hays Code determined what was and was not acceptable to show in a motion picture. Things like profanity, drug trafficking, and childbirth couldn’t be shown, but the Hays Code also banned clothing that was too suggestive. Plunging necklines were not allowed, but plunging backs were not restricted, so the fashions shifted dramatically to the high necks and deep V or scoop backs iconic of the 1930s. Essentially they just turned their gowns around!
Well we can do that too! You can get a ’30s look with some modern t-shirts, tank-tops, and even blouses by simply turning them around. Here’s a striped t-shirt I bought at Forever 21 yesterday. It has a deep, round neckline that is great for modern day, but not at all appropriate for the past.
Just turn it around! Now the front has a lovely boat-neck style, but the back is bare and chic, like in the ’30s. This works with a modern t-shirt because there is almost never any shaping through the bust, due to the stretchy jersey fabric.
Give it a try!
faeMay 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM
Stephanie LynnMay 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM
Wow! Love this idea!
CaseyMay 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM
So cute! I have a shirt that I scooped the back of years ago and love wearing, but I never thought about just turning around one of my regular ol' tees. 😉
CarolineMay 2, 2012 at 8:16 PM
AnonymousMay 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM
Wow, I had never heard of the hays code. What ridiculous set of restrictions, almost every single movie made today would violate them. Isn't that what ratings are for?
Great Idea with the shirt too.
Lauren RMay 3, 2012 at 7:09 AM
Anon, the modern ratings system actually replaced the Hays Code, in the 1960s. Now we can show allll kinds of things on film, so long as they carry the correct rating.
AnonymousMay 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM
well I just love all the funfacts you know! It would be so nice if you could do a post on how to make historically accurate hats, you seem to know a lot about it. Maybe you have some tips such as where to get the material or what kinds of hats you should be looking for as a base for the different epoques? Your blog is so inspiring!
Lauren RMay 3, 2012 at 7:10 AM
Lovisa, I made a note and will try to get some tutorials on hats together soon.
LisaMay 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Aaaand I love it. Great tip!!
BethMay 3, 2012 at 4:04 AM
LOVE THIS. DOING THIS. You're awesome.
Lauren RMay 3, 2012 at 7:11 AM
LaurenMay 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM
Cute!!! I love it!
Kleidung um 1800May 4, 2012 at 9:29 AM
Great idea – love it! Would give a lot of t-shirts a new look 🙂
And your hairdo is truly cute!!!
TashaMay 7, 2012 at 9:33 PM
Such a clever, great tip!
LorelaiMay 8, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I actually like it better turned around!!!