Have you been watching Mr. Selfridge season 3? I have. Naturally I keep a close on on the fashions as they have evolved from the first season in 1908 to now, 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 through out 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 of the year.
Let’s take a look at some of the styles around 1919.
1919 Women’s Clothing
Shop 1919 Style Costumes and Clothing
The late teens early 20s style clothes are a bit difficult to come by today. There are however Nataya or 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 Selfridges.
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