WHAT WE WORE
Fashionable women wore a bustle giving a distinctive shape to the skirt, which was overlaid with exuberant draperies including ruffles and swags. In contrast, the bodice was tight and sheath-like, with a high neckline, and hair, too, was often tightly curled and knotted on the crown of the head. Men’s suits were narrowly cut and close-fitting, the lounge suit most commonly worn, the morning suit used for formal occasions. The bowler hat was the usual headwear.
A casual lounge jacket, straw boater hat and loose necktie show the informality of the man’s dress in his leisure time. The boy wears a knickerbockers suit with a wide- brimmed sailor hat.
Women’s hats were small, often toques
with little or no brim, reflecting the way
that women wore their hair in neat,
curled chignons, close to the head. The fashionable women wear a bustle, their wide skirts made from panels of ruched and swagged drapery.