Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - BEHIND THE HEADLINES - Alison To­plis

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.

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