Have you been watching Mr. Selfridge Season 3? I have. Naturally, I keep a close eye on on the fashions as they evolve from the first season in 1908 to the current season 3, set in 1919. Clothing from 1917 to 1922 were long, loose, simple and free, yet not quite the slinky flapper styles still to come (in Season 4, I hope!). It is one of my favorite times in fashion history and one I have written about extensively throughout the 1920s style guide series.
Recently, I purchased a handful of new clothing catalogs from the late teens and early ’20s. These are amazing to browse through not only because they showcase the fashions of everyday people but because they are the items that would have been for sale at the real Selfridges store! For those of you seeking to recreate a Mr. Selfridge costume these should help get a feel for the cut, colors and accessories in the year of 1919.
Let’s take a look at some of the 1919 fashions.
1919 Women’s Clothing
1919 Sewing Patterns
- 1919 Day Dress (Blouse and Skirt Combo)
- 1918 Tunic Blouse and Skirt Combo
- 1919 Two Piece Skirt
- 1919 Stand Collar Dress
- 1918 Dinner Dress
- 1918 Ladies’ Jacket Dress
- 1918 Promenade Dress
- 1918 Blouses and 1918 Gored Skirt
- 1918 Skirt
- 1918 Side Panel Skirt
- 1919 Peplum Blouse
- 1918-1920 Ladies’ Dress
- 1918 House Dress
- 1919 Tunic Blouse
Shop 1919 Style Costumes and Clothing
The late teens-early ’20s style clothes are a bit difficult to come by today. There are, however, the Nataya and Komarov brand of vintage inspired dresses that do reflect this era. Here are a few I like:
1919 Men’s Clothing
Edwardian Style Men’s Clothing
Department Store Shopping in 1919
I found these pictures of real department stores in 1919 /1920. Such elegance with many “shop girls” to help you with you purchases, just like at Selfridge’s.
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