A firemen's parade in Wayne c.1915, look at the ladies styles!!
NEW MODES IN ODD SKIRTS AND BLOUSES
“I thought I used remarkable judgment in my trousseau,” said a bride the other day, whose wedding finery had, indeed, seemed to include everything that taste and beauty and comfort demands. “I had gowns and coats and tailored suits and morning dresses and negligees and all the rest of it. But in my rash young foolishness I absolutely tabooed any odd skirts or waists. And would you believe it, my dear, but there were scores and scores of times when I needed nothing in the world so much as just a separate skirt and waist – times when I didn’t care to wear my suit skirt, because you know how much more quickly they begin to show signs of wear, anyhow, than the coats; times when the little wash morning dress is too informal and the foulard frock too dressy, or when everything else in one’s wardrobe needs a stitch here or a fresh stitch there. Take my advice and stick to the odd skirt and blouse like a sister.”
There you are. There’s no getting away from it, these trig, practical, comfortable garments are here to stay apparently till the crack o’ doom. So, let’s see what new ideas the shops are offering us this season for wear during spring and summer months.
Perhaps there is just one thing a woman won’t do to be in fashion, and that is break her neck (though, indeed, some of them have almost hobbled away to join the angels), so that on account of this fussy notion of hers, the newest skirts are considerably wider about the bottom. They are by no means voluminous, however, 2 ¼ to 2 12 yards being the favored width. They must above all be cut on straight lines and allow the wearer to present the narrow silhouette that is the keynote of the present styles.
Into some of the skirts are cleverly introduced a couple of small pleats in the back or front panels or in the side gores which give added freedom of movement without in any way affecting the style of the garment.
Many of the skirts are trimmed with wide folds of the same material put on four or five inches from the bottom, and some models show a revival of the high waistband, with the waistline about two inches above the normal.. For later wear the silk skirts will be much worn, but just now the worsteds, serge, voiles, and panamas in black and blue, particularly, are in demand. Quite a few knobby styles are shown in grey mixtures, and the hairline stripes are also returning to favor.
The veiled effects that were so universally employed for the winter blouse have been carried over for the spring, with only slight modifications in materials and styles. Lighter weight fabrics, of course, are desirable for the foundations of these dressy little blouses and silk mull, net and china silk, with chiffons, marquisettes, net, or any of the transparent materials for veiling them, make up most attractively. They are often very simple in design, the only ornamental touch being in the lace collar and, perhaps tiny undersleeves. One charming model intended to be worn with a blue tailored suit was made in the popular and becoming style with sleeve and blouse in one. Over the foundation of white china silk was laid a flowered chiffon with a white ground over which were scattered tiny nosegays in soft shades of blue and green and rose color. Over this again was chiffon matching the blue of the suit, which was also used to form narrow pleated frills, about the white lace collar and at the elbow above the narrow, lace under sleeve. In the more elaborate blouses are seen rover effects and many sailor collar developments carried out in colored chiffons contrasting with the waist material.
The lingerie waists are filmy with lace – two, three, as many as five kinds of lace are sometimes used on a single model. Lawn, batiste, marquisette, and voile are the favored fabrics. The comfortable and youthful Dutch neck will be much seen this summer, while the peasant sleeve, in three-quarter length takes precedence over all others.
Pleatings give a chic touch to the semi-tailored waists. These are often edged with narrow lace and outline the front or side opening of the waist. One waist had a frill of real lace that not only outlined the front closing, but followed the yoke outline on the left side from the shoulder to the middle front.
The tailored models show no radical changes. They are made usually with pleats down the front and back, and sometimes with broad pleats over the shoulders. Invariably they have long sleeves with the straight, stiff cuffs, though now and then one sees a soft, turn back cuff on some of the embroidered waist. Hand embroidering is in very good style. It may be most elaborate and carry but a variety of designs on the collar, cuffs and front pleat, or it may be a single scalloped finish for the side or front fastening.