I seem to be spending a lot of time in 1933 lately. Marian Corey, writing in Delineator, June 1933, offered a full page of advice about summer fashions: Five ideas starting with “Yes” and five with “No.”
As the really hot weather approaches, here’s one topic Corey thought we all have on our minds: Gloves!
“… Gloves of all sorts of queer fabrics. Printed silk gloves to match your frock and sometimes sold with the dress! White organdy gloves to wear with your dark dress that has white organdy touches on it. White piqué gloves to wear with your tailored suit. Lastex gloves. Fit? They don’t have to . It’s smart to wear them big.” (Lastex stretch fabrics were introduced in the early 1930s — which is different from Latex, which was sometimes used for rubber bathing suits!)
It should be noted that fashion advice from Delineator magazine — not coincidentally –often mentioned Butterick patterns. Delineator was part of the Butterick Publishing Co. empire.
Maybe Ms. Corey mentioned that gloves no longer needed to fit [“like a glove?”] because making gloves is difficult. Store-bought gloves used to come in a wide range of sizes, not just S, M, and L. Here’s what she said in a longer article: “…Don’t worry if your gloves do not fit closely. They are not supposed to.”
“At first the loosely fitting glove seems clumsy…. All are worn big.” The gloves worn with these summer dresses are more like gauntlets:
OK, I confess, the “No” paragraph about gloves was not really the first paragraph of the article about Summer fashions. The first paragraph was a “Yes” — about fur!
Another “Yes” for summer was the white piqué swagger coat:
This style was only available in smaller sizes — an early use of “Junior Miss” patterns.
So, fur and gloves aside, what more practical fashions for summer were recommended in 1933?
Bicycle clothes, tennis dresses, beach pajamas, slacks and shorts — all coming up in Part 2.