1900 - 1910s Fashion


During the 20th century, technology developed significantly; however, fashion was mainly the same. Until the tubular shape of the 1910s began to emerge towards the end of the decade, there were hardly any changes in women’s wear. Between 1900 and 1910, lace and other ornamentations formed a crucial part of their outfit. As for the men’s wear, the suit was considered as the primary style, while tuxedo became more acceptable for a formal outing during the evening. You would find the children in mini-adults wear and sailor styles. Read further to learn more about the people’s outfit between 1900 and 1910.
· Women’s wear
During the beginning of the decade, the highly designed silhouette remained famous. It wasn’t until towards the end of the decade that the simplification and loosening of the women’s dress materialized. Instead, women wore modest dresses with bodies covered by corsets, and cute ornamentations during the period.
For most of the decade, the S-shape design developed by “health” corset dominated the fashionable silhouette. With the corset, the busts were usually pushed forward while the hips pushed backward to relieve the abdomen from pressure. The shape focused on a narrow waist and broad “mono-bosom.” Also, women wore blousy and loose tops having extra fabric to make the top-heavy shape more pronounced.
· Men’s wear
Similar to women’s wear, there were only a few changes in the men’s fashion compared to the 20th century. Rather than the forms of the garment, only subtle changes were made on details and accessories. The appropriateness of an event governed men’s wears as men wore suits that vary according to formality.
Across the ten years, men’s most formal dress was frock coat and tails for the day and evening, respectively. Before the decade, the frock coat was used only for Sundays or as more conservative daywear. The most common dress for men during the day was the three-piece suit with varying colours and materials. Neckties formed a vital part of the garment, which may feature a small pop of hue sometimes. During the period, the soft-front shirts were introduced, but they only became prevalent in the 1920s. Instead, the more common shirts were the starched shirt-front bearing high collars. Although suit formed the primary daywear during the period, sporty wears were also used during the day time.
      · Children’s wear
At the beginning of the new century, there were no significant changes to the kid’s wear. Back then, you would find children in mini-adults similar to the men’s wear and women’s wear. Boys and girls used to wear clothing with stiffly starched material and light colours.
To be specific, girls wore dresses of stiffly starched material, but similar in style to women’s wear with lace on the bodice. For a casual outing, girls would put on pinafore dresses with blouses, black stockings, and shoes. During the winter, they used to put on lace-up boots and gloves to match their outfits.
Back then, the boys wore knickers with “Russian blouses” or tunics, which allows them to move freely. You would see the rest of the leg covered with stockings. Older boys wore suits similar to adults with black shoes or boots. Outside the jackets, the boys would put on stiff Eton collars. Also, sailor suits were popular among the boys.
Conclusion
While the century before 1900 didn’t come with any significant fashion changes, wears for women and men during the decade were outstanding in their own right.

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