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Hats were not just an accessory but an adornment in 1912. They were still a year away from Mary Crosby’s invention of the bra and three years from a tube of lip stick being sold for the first time.

If you’ve seen the movie Titanic, you’ve seen the beautiful hats of the time. They had the wide brim and were large and covered the face.

Irene Castle and her short bob

The short bob was introduced in Paris in 1909 and quickly spread. Actress Irene Castle was a trendsetter for short hair in America. Hair was frequently supplemented with pastiches. These were false curls, buns or small wigs that were easily able to be incorporated into the hairstyle for extra volume.

Women curled their hair with heated curlers. The permanent wave was just being invented and took twelve hours to complete and hair coloring was only five years old. Mainly actresses and models wore makeup, but if a woman did wear makeup in 1912 she would place dark eye liner around the outside of her eye, powder her face lighter than her natural skin color and emphasis her lips.

Another hairstyle you might see would be curtain hair. This was when short hair was parted down the middle and worn with an elaborate headband underneath. Often these headbands were extensively beaded, had feathers or jewels incorporated, especially for an evening outing. This technique allowed the hair to hang naturally.

1912 colored chip straw hat

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For my last two post on women’s fashion and men’s fashion

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If you’ve seen the Titanic movie you’ll recognize that they dressed with a lot of elegance, glamour and opulence in this pre-war era. This was before the hardships of the Great War when clothing became a lot more practical.

The corset was fitted to a small waist, while the buttocks, hips, shoulders and bosom were accented and padded to give this effect. The layered look was very popular with the use of a long underskirt and high waistlines.

A hundred years ago a layer of undergarments was still very common. A woman would have on pantaloons and a corset underneath their dresses. Women rarely wore pants at this time. In the winter women also wore gaiters, which is a garment that is worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, as protection from the cold.

Victorian Gaiters

Women in rural areas usually wore homemade dresses that were practical to work in, while women in the city or traveling bought clothing that often had a matching jacket and skirt and a hat to accent their ensemble. Fur stoles such as cocoon or kimono, scarves and large matching muffs were very popular during this time.

If were a member of the elite and followed fashions, you may visit Jacques Doucet in France or Mariano Fortuny in Venice, Italy. Just two years earlier Fortuny patented a special process of pleating and dyeing that he called delphons.

Women’s shoes were high and slightly curved at the heels. They often had criss cross straps at the ankles and were called “tango shoes.”

Short bobs were introduced in Paris in 1909 and quickly spread throughout the rest of Europe.

What do you think of fashions 100 years ago? Would you be able to adapt to their dress code?

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