Here’s a nice summary/overview of women’s styles and fashion from 1860 to 1975.

If you need to create a costume, keep these tips in mind. You’ll be amazed at what you can find in second hand clothing stores!  We created many of our murder mystery dinner theater costumes using this simple guide, some photos for visuals and a second hand store.  Victorian skirts often had to be constructed from scratch but you just might get lucky to find a long, full skirt in a used clothing store that you can modify.  To make your own skirt, I suggest doing  a Google search for “how to make a victorian style skirt”.  You’ll have lots of options to choose from.

For some great visuals, do searches on Pinterest.  It’s a goldmine of photographs and drawings of period styles and costumes.  Click here for fashion resource links for each decade just to give you examples: Women’s Fashion by Decade Resource Links.

Women's fashion through the decades

1860-1919 Women’s Fashion

A lady never went out w/out hat, purse, gloves, wrap

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1920-34 Women’s Fashion

Decadence, risqué

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1935-46 Women’s Fashion

More conservative well-bred look.

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1947-57 Women’s Fashion

Somewhat tailored but tight waists and full skirts

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1958-67 Women’s Fashion

Jackie Kennedy sets the tone. Younger girls went for the Connie Francis look.

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1968-75 Women’s Fashion

Anything goes

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Download Women’s Fashion by Decade Resource Links

Next Month: Men’s styles and fashions through the decades.

Susan
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