How To Dress Like A 1930s Secretary

If you didn't look at the love letter to Miss Lemon, Hercule Poirot's secretary, I linked to yesterday, you really should. If you follow me on Polyvore, then you know the deep root Miss Lemon's attire has taken in me. Poirot, a childhood love of mine, could be the reason I have such a deep love of Art Deco.

With the collapse of the stock market, the 1930s weren't as prosperous as the 20s. It follows that fashion was a bit more restrained. Waists rose to their natural place and hemlines dropped from the scandalous knees to mid calf. Madeleine Vionnet popularized the bias cut, so skirts were slinky, not full. Embellishments relied more on nips, tucks, pleats, and sharp design instead of feathers and beads. Jewelry was heavy and geometric. Hats were a must, but you could wear any style you wished from cloche to cocktail, beret to turban.

Deco Dames

Rhapsody in Blue

Out For Lunch, 1936

The New Yorker

Road Trip, 1930


D.Barnes said…
Hats, gloves, turbans, and adorable shoes...I love the clean sophistication that the 30s took women's fashion. The 1930s through the 1950s are my fave decades in women's fashion.

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