Friday, September 25, 2015
1916 Fall Fashion Advertisement: Cat's Paw Cushion Rubber Heels
Fall leaves blow in this advertisement for "Cat's Paw Cushion Rubber Heels" that dates from 1916. Published in a women's sewing craft magazine, this eye catching striped skirt ensemble was very popular during that era, and hints of the historical styles from the late 1700's that were so popular then.
The contrast jacket with double breasted buttons and cutaway front is in the style of a redingote from the late 1700's. It features a little standing collar and turn back cuffs in starched white linen. Standing collars were often wired to keep their shape up. The wide picture hat completes her silhouette was also a popular historical inspired accessory.
The skirt length was shorter than it had ever been, being during World War I when textiles were in short supply and women's walking and working demands made adopting this shorter and fuller style desirable.
Modesty required toned stockings or higher cut boot tops as you can see here with the color contrast high buttoned spats worn over her black shoes with French heels (or they might have been tall boots of contrasting leather).
Together, all of these elements create an eyecatching outfit from the mid-teen years. Hard to believe that this was a century ago,