(Pattern from the 40s showing a home dress (on left) and a sportswear dress (on right) from my Etsy store)
There was a question recently on the Fedora Lounge, and I dug into my books here to see if I could come up with a solid answer in writing, rather than the knowledge I’d gleamed here and there. Morning dress versus home dress versus day dress- I think now the line is all gone. I remember when I first started studing historic costume it had my brain muddled! All the dresses people had for different occasions- their wardrobes seemed monsterous! I started with the Edwardians, which wasn’t such a good place to start as they seemed to complicate everything and were very set on expressing the appearance of wealth. Nouveau riche, don’t ‘cha know? When we get into the later thirties and earlier fourties the lines start to haze over a bit. In WWII it seemed to somewhat go away, though not in entirety (possibly three changes on a more formal day instead of even more) then in the sixties it seemed to nearly go away all together! That’s my understanding of it, anyways, and I’d love to hear your take on dress for different occasions. Was it worth it? Does it interest you?
Both links below are pdfs.
Here’s a little excert from 1933 from Harmony in Dress on Home Dress.
And here’s one on Morning Dress from How to Dress Well by Margaret Story from 1926.