Looking Back: Everyday fashion in the 1920s

Shelby - Utica News | Published September 7, 2016

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In this photo from 1925, Josephine Switzer and Ethel Messmore stand outside a barn in the old village of Disco in Shelby Township. They are wearing hats and dresses that are typical of the fashion of the 1920s. While not the flamboyant high style usually associated with the Gatsby era, these everyday dresses feature the drop waist, knee-length hemline and loose top that were considered fashionable back then. Note also the cloche hats, which hug the head and hide much of the wearer’s face. By the 1930s, women’s fashion would shift to a more feminine style with longer, slimmer dress lines and smaller, more face-revealing hats.

Photo and caption provided by Hilary Davis,of the Shelby Township Historical Committee

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