1930’s Inspiration- Season Your Wardrobe for the Season


Today I’ve got more fun 1930’s inspiration to share from you.  This is from Fall/Winter 1935-1936.

This catalog page includes a bevy of separates that will make your wardrobe sing for the Winter season.  I can see I need more blouses, skirts, and jackets to get me through the year.  All of these would be easily mixed and matched together, if done in a matching colorway.

My very, very favorite is the corduroy suit (at left).  The catalog claims it can even go to tea!  Wow.  My love for corduroy knows no bounds.  It’s hearty, warm, and washable.  Everything I love in daily wear.

The jacket at makes the 1890’s influence on late 1930’s style completely obvious.  Double breasted, high neck, “leg o mutton” gathered sleeves.  It’s funny how the 1930’s took influence from the 1890’s.  To think, it was only forty years before.  It would be fashion today taking influence from the 1970s.  Which does, obviously, happen…

(Gibson Image Source)

Speaking of 1890’s style, this blouse is blaring it out, calling it the “Gibson Girl” style.  I also see ads quite often for “Gay 90’s” style.  In fact, I picked up a late 30’s brooch recently that said “Gay 90’s”, and has a pennyfarthing hanging from it.  It has since met an untimely demise of the little hanging loop and must be mended before I share photos.  An image from Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the Gibson Girl, is supplied to compare.  Eh, I can see it…

If skirts are your thing, more than jackets and blouses, check out this great detailing.  The insets of the skirt are cut bias.  It would be simple enough to do with a pattern you have to add an unexpected detail.

Or, if you want to go even more crazy, why not add zig zag insets with buttons, pintucks, or crazy deco pockets?

Hope you enjoy these images!  Happy creating!

3 Comments on 1930’s Inspiration- Season Your Wardrobe for the Season

  1. Siri Andersen
    November 20, 2013 at 5:01 am (11 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing this! It is fabulous, and very inspiring :)

  2. Andrea
    November 20, 2013 at 5:19 am (11 years ago)

    I stuck $2.98 for the red suit into an inflation calculator and got about $50. What a bargain!

  3. Debbie Sessions
    November 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm (11 years ago)

    Love the corduroy suits too. I wish 30’s fashion got more attention then some of the other more “retro” decades. They are so classic, feminine, and modest in a good way.

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