Keeping Warm in the 1930′s- Socks and Stockings

I’m so glad that so many of you loved the theme of “keeping warm” for upcoming posts!  I admit there was a lot more response on the last post than I expected.  I guess there’s lots of us who like keeping warm and toasty!

Next up, since we’re on the subject of what goes on underneath, we’ve got stockings.

Most people think of stockings of the 1930s and 1940s in terms of the “cuban heeled” or “fully fashioned” stockings that were sheer and made of rayon, nylon, or silk.  Some even think of fishnet stockings, which were less common than we might think but certainly were still around.  And when we get to the 1940s we think of leg paint to help out with looking like there were stockings when in reality they were mostly given up for the war effort!

For everyday wear, around the house, or for cool weather there were, thankfully, more options than those sheer stockings we usually think of.  Here’s two pages of legwear options from Fall & Winter 1937-1938 with images of legwear to keep you warm.

National Bellas Hess- Fall and Winter 1937-1938

The socks (or anklets) at upper left were advertised to be worn in addition to your hoisery.  Ladies wore these not only with flats and “saddle shoes”, but they were often worn with heels!  It was a cute, sporty look, and it kept your feet warm.  It wasn’t as common to wear with heels as it was to wear stockings alone, but you do see it in catalog images for footwear and in real life photos.

“Remember- Wool is Warmer”- the ad on the right reminds us.  You could select your stockings by wool content.  The ultimate luxury were 100% wool or a wool/silk blend.

Below this ad, we’ve got invisible “under hose”.  These would be an extra layer underneath your sheerer stockings, and apparently, the idea was to have these under hose look like it was actually your skin but it provided an extra layer of warmth.

And below that we’ve got stocking lined in fleece!  Don’t those sound cosy?

National Bellas Hess- Fall and Winter 1937-1938

On the page above we’ve got cotton stockings in various styles.  These would keep your warmer than sheer rayon or silk and would would be more sturdy for everyday wear.

And on the left we’ve got the “outsize” stockings, which were made for “stout” women.  You can see the standard range that most stockings, in regular or outsizes, were available in.

I usually skip over the stocking pages in old catalogs, but I found these cool weather options rather enlightening!  Are they what you would expect?  What sort of legwear do you wear to keep warm in cool weather?

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>Great 20s and 30s Stockings in Catalogs- or debunking some common stocking myths

>The Vintage Baroness has been posting some really wonderful stocking inspiration lately, as well as addressing the common questions about whether or not they wore fishnets or seamless stockings.  I promised to do a stocking post last week, so I’m a bit tardy, but here it is!  I’ve got a big gap in my 20s catalogs, but here’s some inspiration from 1923 to 1933 for stockings.  At the bottom are my three favorite that I found- wild sports stocking, mesh (probably what we would call fishnet) stockings- I got a chance to see some real ones this weekend at the Queen Mary from Nicole at Flapper Flock on Etsy, and the last are seamless stockings- which I’ve seen in ads and catalogs in the late 20s and 30s.

1923
1930
Undated, but most likely 1933
Plaid Sports Stockings, 1933- Mesh Stockings, undated but probably 1933, Seamless Stockings, 1930.
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And just a side note- I finally added a few more vintage patterns to my Etsy store! There’s a few cute 1940s girls dresses and a few other patterns from the 1940s and 1950s.