1920’s Women’s Style advice from 1926 by –
Thanks to the folks at the Haithi Trust Digital Library for preserving these wonderful books and manuals.This book “Making the Most of your Looks” by Dorothy Stote, declares that it is designed for the woman of ‘moderate’ means and will not be recommending expensive frocks!
(left)The tailored suit should have a hip length coat and a straight skirt, and they should be of the same material. A checked skirt and plain coat will reduce your height.(right) Suit coats should be fairly long, for a coat that stops at the hips will add length.
(left) For large hips, the jacket should be slightly flared at the sides, and should extend below the hips to conceal your curves.( right)The little woman’s one piece sports frock should have its belt narrow, and it should be the same color as the frock. A wide contrasting belt will break up her figure !
(left) An afternoon gown with a short, broad apron or peplum across the front, and beginning at the natural waist line is a good style for the tall woman. (right) Stripes are best when their length-producing qualities are broken up with horizontal bands at the bottom of the skirt.
(left) A long straight panel of light color provides an effective means for lessening the wider figure ! (right) Top coats for broad shoulders give the narrowest line when they have raglan sleeves, which meet in a point at the back of the neck.
(far left) A good vest effect lessens broad hips. (middle & right) Both of these figures are the same height, but the one on the far right appears taller than the one in the middle because of the long straight panel, while the contrasting blouse and skirt of the other reduces height.
(left) An artificial flower placed halfway between neck and shoulder edge helps to lessen breadth. (right) If your hair is shingled or shaped in the back, let the highest point come as near as possible to the crown of your head.
(left) For Shoes of the 1920’s ,slipper of simple lines with a light colored back and black front, reduces the length of the too long foot.(right) Shoe buckles for the long foot should be placed fairly low.
If the slipper is cut low on the side, it allows the fat foot to bulge.
That’s all !
Images by Judy Bushnell – Haithi Trust Library