Saturday, October 01, 2011
Vintage 1920's Fashion Advice for Young Women
Interesting 1928 vintage fashion book, "Appropriate Clothes for the High School Girl":
Suggestions for the Stout Figure
A girl may not only improve the appearance of her face and head by the proper use of line but she may do wonders with her figure, as well, if she knows how to properly design her dresses. A dress wonderfully becoming to a slender sylphlike girl may become a tragedy on her plump classmate. Every girl should understand her physical make-up as thoroughly as she does her disposition, with its strong points and its weaknesses. She should know the kind of line she may wear successfully in her dresses, and the colors that are most becoming to her and the types of materials most suitable for her.
The stout girl should carefully avoid a design in a dress that is too cut-up or complicated. Tunics, unless long and scant, are unfortunate usually and the interest created by trimming about the waist line or elaborate belts should never be indulged in by the stout girl.
Length-producing lines should always be planned and light or colored collars should always be designed so that interest will not be created out towards the sides of the figure, creating width, but down the center front instead.
Contrasting shoes and stockings not only cut from the height of the figure but help to accent the feet and ankles of the wearer. The girl who wears white shoes with her dark dress states, by so doing, that she considers her feet well worth public consideration.
Contrasting materials for sleeves or elaborate cuffs or pockets will add width to any figure.
The designs in the accompanying illustration are most suitable for the older school girl when made up of wool or linen materials.
I may safely recommend this type of line in design for the girl of superfluous weight.
I always find these vintage fashion books interesting as they come from a time when my grandmothers were young girls. Both are passed away now, but the memories are saved in old pictures.
Download link here from Project Gutenberg.