The Black & Beautiful Club: Fabulous Fashion Of “The Harlem Renaissance”


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1920 accessoriesDuring the Harlem Renaissance, an outfit was not complete until it was fully accessorized. Women’s bare legs were encased in colorful silk stockings that were rolled below the knees or secured with garters. Open-toed slippers and penny loafers accompanied day wear while high-heeled patent leather oxfords or wedge heels with an ankle T-strap and large buckle accented the glitzy evening wear.

Men preferred black brogues or two-toned spats with metal heel plates, and they always sported a flashy tie and matching pocket square. Both genders donned white gloves and calf-length overcoats as well as elaborately trimmed hats over carefully coiffed hairdos


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