Fabrics and Dress by Lucy Rathbone and Elizabeth Tarpley (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943).
Have you ever wondered, “How should the high-school girl dress? Is your dress distinctive? Why do you wear undergarments?” These are just a few of the questions pondered in this delightful 1940s throwback hardback, Fabrics and Dress. We recently uncovered this vintage home economics manual at the Prelinger Library, and just had to share some of the sage wisdom (and perhaps a little dated humor) contained within.
Covering a range of topics from proper dress to proper hygiene, it’s a wide window into the daily routines of yesteryear’s school girls. Have a look!
The book’s table of contents.
Well, will you?
Plaid taffeta or skirt & sweater combo — which was more appropriate for school? Any guesses?