1938
1930
1938
Late 30s
Early 30s
Mid 30s
Mid 30s
Mid-late 30s
1932/1933
Thrifty 30s
In the heart of the Great Depression, women jump back to the feminine form but with a lot more skin this time! Notice the
skirt length rises from the high ankle/low calf to just a few inches below the knee. The bodice accents are get smaller.
Small delicate shoulder puffs and soft shoulders are more common into the late 30s until replaced by boxy padded
shoulders and very narrow fitted waists which dominated the 40s. Buttons and snaps are the main closure methods but in
the late 30s side zippers start to become acceptable for "moral" women to wear. The skirts are generally narrow with little
excess fabric, especially around the hips until the late 30s, where skirts become semi-full. The Era is colorful, in spite of the
economy, with muted earthy tones.
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