So what was the well-dressed young woman wearing in October 1917, according to The Delineator?
“PARIS STRAIGHTENS OUT THE LINES IN ITS NEW FASHION OFFENSIVE" is the headline for a page of designs from French houses (including one from Chanel, at far right.) Though the barrel skirt still appears, more hints of the coming twenties are apparent, though busts are still visible.
Coats and suits in darker, quieter hues are the big thing in this issue, as is appropriate for fall wear. Details remain subdued as well, with groups of pleats on skirts seeming to be en vogue.
Dresses too are simply adorned. Large collars in both self and contrasting colors and lapels are the big thing, as are tiered skirts. Fabrics mentioned include charmeuse, satin, silk crepe, serge, chiffon, and gabardine--while the styles are simpler, most of the fabrics are still very feminine and luxurious.
Is it just me, or do those very high collars on coats look uncomfortable?
Skirts and shirt-waists remain popular...
And look! Nursing couture!
Clothes for teen girls...not very different from the "older fashions, are they?
More teen fashions...note the girl at far left, with her knitting!
Clothes for younger girls:
More clothes for girls...and check out the mother-daughter pajamas at lower right!
Clothes for small boys, with a few of them decidedly resembling "Campbell Soup Kids!":