With the depression, the saucy, boyish flair of women’s clothing and the sleek look in men’s dress came to an end. The women’s clothing turned to a more conservative image. It is said that hemlines rise and fall with the economy. The Wall Street Crash sent daytime hemlines tumbling down to mid-calf. Elegance was understated, and opulence was out. No one wanted to look frivolous while the unemployed waited in lines at soup kitchens.
For men, this meant a less smooth, sleek line with more stress on squareness, bulk and padding, giving the male figure a boxy look.