Higher Waists and Longer Hems
In 1929, hems were already on their way down. An article by Pamela A. Parmai at Love To Know cites an article in the New York Times from October 27, 1929 — two days before the Black Friday stock market crash — which said, “some women claimed that the effort to put them back in long skirts was ‘an insidious attempt to lure women back into slavery.’ ” Parmai implies that, since skirts had already been at the knee for two or three years, clothing manufacturers were eager for a change. It seems the stock market started down after skirts did.
However, in November of 1929, Delineator’s fashion editors weren’t completely focused on longer skirts; this article was about rising waists. [The lead time which put magazines in stores by November meant that articles and illustrations had to be ready long before the end of October, and the stock market crash on October 29th. Longer hems are mentioned, but not in the title of this article. ]
The next dress has a two-layer skirt, with one layer ending above the knee (where dresses ended in 1928) and one below the knee, a transitional fashion to longer skirts.
This dress has “three of the very newest features:” greater length, higher waist, snug hips and a dipping hem. [Wait — isn’t that four? Not really. Dipping hems were well-established by 1928.]
“The line is longer, as it must be this season,” and the waist line is higher.
“The higher waist-line is indicated on the frock by the girdle top.” The “girdle” is that band of fabric around the hips. It does look a little higher than these earlier “snug hips” of June 1929:
Back in June, 1928, these dresses showed a tight, low hip girdle:
The elongated torso of 1920’s fashion illustration makes the waist hard to locate on this blouse.
Blouses from the early 1930’s (see below) were often overblouses, not too different from blouse 2884.
Tunic Blouses for Transition — Again
I do find transitional fashions interesting. Back in 1924 — 1925, these tunic blouses eased the transition to shorter hems by providing two horizontal lines — one near the knee (the coming fashion) and one at low mid-calf (the early Twenties’ length.)
I’ve found a few tunic styles easing the transition from late Twenties to early Thirties, too.
The natural waist, accented by a belt, is taken for granted by 1931.
Right, below, is a “tunic blouse” and skirt combination; this “blouse” is as long as a late Twenties’ dress.
It’s surprising how brief the period of knee-length twenties’ fashion really was — as this cartoon from January, 1929 implies.
It’s more evidence that early in 1929, skirts were already on their way down.