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Early 1910s Fashion
Elaborate hats, hobble skirts and the Edwardian look
Mid & Late 1910s Fashion
Practical fashions of the World War I era
Between 1910 and 1914, fashion was caught between two worlds.
La Bell Epoque: The two decades between 1895 and 1914 were characterized by beautiful clothes and opulent trimmings. This look was best personified by the Gibson Girl, and many women were still emulating her style: upswept hair, high collars, tiny waists and an S-shaped silhouette that thrust our bosoms forward and our hips back.
The Edwardian era: This period was named after Britain's King Edward VII, who reigned from 1901 to 1910. Although he died in 1910, the era that bears his name basically lasted until World War I. Fashionable women who followed the trends of the late Edwardian era discarded the Gibson Girl look in favor of high empire waistlines, hobble skirts and lots of feathers and exotic details.
Hobble skirts, 1913
Hats became larger and more elaborate in the 1900s. This trend reached its peak between 1910 and 1912, when the average hat was a monstrous creation laden with flowers, stuffed birds, feathers, fruits, veils and ribbons. Hats that lacked these trimmings compensated for this by being extremely wide. After 1913, hats gradually became smaller and less exotic.
During the early 1910s, women wore elegant upswept hairstyles. The sleek pompadour of the 1900s was updated with the addition of loose chignons and soft, casual waves. For special occasions, ladies adorned their hair with feathers, beads, ribbons and headbands.
wool, cotton & lisle stockings
Hats were secured to the head with hat pins. These metal pins were 8 to 12 inches long and were pushed through the hat to anchor it to the hairstyle underneath. Women of modest means usually owned one or two hat pins, which had simple ornaments to match a variety of outfits. Wealthy women had a full collection of pins, which they kept in a hat pin holder.
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Mid & Late 1910s Fashions
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