When the 1910s began, the styles were quite similar to those of the previous decade, although clothing was beginning to show the shape of the female body and curving the body into an S shape fell out of fashion.
The hobble skirt was popular and is a cousin of today’s maxi skirt. The hobble skirt was very narrow at the ankle forcing a woman to hobble to get from place to place. Meanwhile, corsets became easier to move in and were used to support the body, not reshape it.
The lampshade skirt also was popular as was asymmetrical draping.
For the first time, women began to bob their hair, although the trend was very shocking to some people and took years to catch on.
Hats were large and decorative.
The War Makes Fashion Practical
When the war started, women no longer had time to devote to their fashion sense. They were volunteers, factory workers, nurses and served in other important roles. Their clothing needed to reflect this new reality.
Among the changes:
- Some women took over wartime positions that required them to wear trousers.
- Skirt waistlines fell at the natural waist.
- Skirts became fuller to allow free movement.
- Hemlines shorted to about six inches above the ankle.
- Darker times meant dark colors were in season.
- Costume jewelry was introduced as a substitute for real jewels.
- Hats became smaller and women’s hair grew shorter.
- The V neck replaced high necklines.
You’ll notice in the photos below that there is a difference between the styles worn in 1914 and those of 1919 which are already beginning to resemble those of the 1920s.
Some women prefer 1910s fashions to those from the 2010s. Are you one of them? Why or why not? Leave a comment below.
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