How were they able to pull off a look that lasted across generations of generations of women? What would their stories be? As you know when I went to the Smithsonian Institute a couple of weeks ago to view the collections for “Girls Of The Gilded Age,” my interest in a certain time period was piqued by some of the clothes I was seeing. What really struck me was the lack of clothes to go with the women’s fashion. I wondered, what’s going on here?
Well I don’t mind giving up my own clothes to go look at these, but what I was surprised to see as I walked through the museum is that in other periods there were more “outlandish” clothing combinations. So here is a 1920s woman in a red dress. Then a woman in a short skirt, white stockings, and a pair of red high heels with a black petticoat. I’m thinking, gosh, if I got these clothes and put them on, are they still going to look like that?
Well they will, because today these clothes aren’t being used by women as much as they were even in the 1920s. In fact, you can find them almost everywhere. The most obvious example is on websites like The Dolls. They often sell stockings with a black petticoat, but what’s so appealing is that it’s all done out of what used to be called “undergarments.”
I have been to this online clothing boutique several times and it’s still one of my favorite places to visit. Their selection of women’s fashion is just phenomenal. They have everything from a 1920s skirt that is made out of denim, to a 1920s blouse like I saw in this 1920s dress. I’d suggest doing a Google search on the vintage “undergarments” style.
A 1920s dress with vintage undergarments.
Another fashion that is really popular is the “joe” style dress. These can be pretty cool, like the one I saw on the internet. But they are also pretty ugly, with the petticoats having black laces and no sleeves for a skirt. I have never actually seen one made with black and white stockings and a white top.
And then there was this one, by Jean Cardin. It features a petticoat, black stockings with laces, and a white top with white flowers. It’s amazing to me, as if these women could actually have worn
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