For more classic fashion from the twenties, check out Vintage Women: Adult Coloring Book #3: Vintage Fashion from the Early 1920s and Vintage Women: Adult Coloring Book #7: Vintage Fashion Layouts from the Early 1920s.
By Evelyn Dodge
Vintage styles in the summer of 1922
The shop windows are full of country clothes — white wool sports capes, softly fringed; white crepe silk capes over white crepe silk dresses; little white sandals with scarlet heels; wide hats of transparent straw, orange or scarlet by preference, wreathed with fruit and flowers; scarlet in the cire girdles of Summer dresses, in the new sleeveless jackets worn over Summer dresses, in belts, and bathing-suits, in parasols and hand-bags.
A cursory inspection of the windows of the smart Fifth Avenue shops indicates clearly that New York is prepared to follow Paris along Russian lines. One sees Russian dresses trimmed quite simply with rows of flat braid at the side closing, boat-shaped neck and irregular hems. One that was shown recently in the early Fifties was of pale platinum gray linen with dark-blue braid, small blue buttons and neat pockets bound with the braid.
Also a la russe are the blouses, some of them straight and shirtlike, others with the characteristic peasant neck and full sleeve, but all of them heavily laden with Russian cross-stitch embroidery. Red and dark blue, red and yellow, or red with blue or black are the peasant colors for cross-stitch and generally appear on white or linen blue. Quite smart, though less typical, is wood-brown cross-stitching on yellow, or scarlet on pale gray, but the bright peasant colors are very gay and pretty with the softly fringed white homespun skirts.
The sports blouse of French origin drawn into a band at the hip is being shown by all the shops that make a specialty of the new so-called sports clothes. It is something like a sublimated middy blouse, but trimmer and smarter than the middy ever thought of being. It’s very good looking as part of an all-white dress, with the collar, band and skirt trimmed with vivid color.
20 women’s fashions from June 1922
3760 — A sleeve attempts a number of things these days and the very newest exploit is their masquerade as a cape as in this frock. This dress slips on over the head and has a straight skirt in one with the front and back. It may be made without the cape sleeve and have a blouse body lining. Make the dress of silk crepes, crepe de Chine, cotton crepe, crepe voile all one color or in two colors, or of crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse all one material or with silk crepe, or of crepe jersey all one color, in two colors, or with silk crepe, etc.
3726 — What dreams of cool nights of midsummer loveliness this frock suggests! The straight front and back tunics fall gracefully at the side and join the blouse at a low waistline marked with fabric flowers. This dress slips on over the head and closes under the left arm. There may be a long body lining marked for a camisole top. Use silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe meteor, crepe satin, charmeuse, Georgette or foulard for this dress. Attractive color combinations are sapphire blue with gray, light orchid with dark orchid, or pearl gray used with coral pink.
3735-10925 — The beauty of this one-piece chiffon gown lies in its long and lovely lines. The side panels and the slight fullness at the front are becoming. This frock slips on over the head and has a straight lower edge, and it may have an elastic in a casing at a low waistline or a blouse body lining. The large motifs on the side panels are effective and simple to embroider. Work the design in one-stitch or bugle beads. Suitable materials for this dress are silk crepes, crepe de Chine, crepe satin, crepe meteor, foulard or cotton crepe.
3746 — The “candy-stripe” dress is cool for Summertime wear. The vest with its piquant vestee and the cuffs as well as the trimming bands on the skirt are a pleasing contrast in color. The dress may be made with a blouse body lining and has a straight skirt which joins on to a blouse at a low waistline. Suitable materials for this dress are gingham, cotton prints, dimity, cotton crepe, crepe voile, taffeta, crepe de Chine, silk crepe, pongee or tub silks.
3772-10968 — Short sleeves are the newest type for Summer frocks like this one. On this one-piece dress an ultra-long girdle marks the low waistline which may have a waistline elastic in a casing. The dress slips on over the head and has a straight tawer edge. It may have a blouse body lining. The beading on the skirt is smart. Work the design in large beads or French-knot embroidery. Make the dress of cotton crepe, cotton voile, or Georgette, silk crapes, crepe de Chine, crepe satin, crepe meteor or charmeuse.
3734-3732-10895 — Even the jaunty jacket has acquired the short sleeve! This little coat may be made with or without sleeves and is worn over a one-piece dress. The dress, which slips on over the head, has a straight lower edge and may have a blouse body lining or an elastic in a casing at a low waistline. The appliqued flowers are new. Work them in a combination of beading or French-knot embroidery and one-stitch or bugle beads.