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Women's Clothing

A new look in women's fashion developed in 1908 and carried over into the early 1910s. The definable style of the decade lasted until 1918, at which time the trends of the 1920s began to set in.

In 1908, the unnatural "S" figures that were pushed and pulled with bustles and corsets were replaced with a straight, natural figure. The waist was loosened, and a straight line was adopted. Additionally, the frills and flounces of the previous decade were gone. The hobble skirt, seen below, caught on quickly. This style remained the height of fashion until around 1915.

1910s Hobble Skirt 1910s Hobble Skirt

1910s Hobble Skirt 1910s Hobble Skirt

1910s Hobble Skirts: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing, History of 20th Century Fashion, 1992

In 1915, the hobble skirt was replaced with a full skirt cut just above the ankles. The V-neck was the popular neckline of the second half of the 1910s.

1915 Fuller Skirt 1915 Fuller Skirt

1915 Fuller Skirt: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing. Image courtesy of Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye, 20th Century Fashion, 1999

The fuller skirt was quite appropriate for more casual, outdoor wear.

1910s Outdoor Wear

1910s Outdoor Wear: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing

By 1918, clothes were becoming straighter and more curveless. The boyish look of the 1920s began to evolve during the late years of the 1910s.

1918 Straighter, Cureless Attire 1918 Straighter, Cureless Attire

1918 Straighter, Cureless Attire: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing

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