White dresses — and white with color accents — were the topic of a two page article in Delineator magazine in July 1931. It even included a white coat for summer:
It was described as a polo coat, and camel’s hair twill was suggested, although pale beige or pastels could be substituted for natural camel color.
1931 is not far from the late 1920’s, so it’s not surprising to see a lot of nineteen twenties’ hipline interest combined with a nineteen thirties’ natural waist.
This skirt was only pleated and yoked in front; the entire back of the dress is one piece.
This dress has a clever horizontal line (yoke and short sleeves) making the upper body look wider, in contrast to narrow 1930’s hips, accented with strong vertical lines in the skirt.
“It is the perfect frock either for playing or spectating;” I think silk shantung would be a “spectating” fabric.
On this dress, the flares of the six gored skirt are repeated in the back.
Financial constraints during the Depression made Delineator magazine switch to smaller and less elaborate illustrations than the glorious full color fashion pages of the mid-1920’s.
“…For any sporting event — for action or the sidelines. It’s all-whiteness fairly cries for the addition of the boldly bright accessories that will ring changes in the simplest little outfit this year.” Transforming a dress with accessories was a frequent theme in the Thirties.
A vestee (a partial blouse) is usually separate from the dress, and the colored cuffs might be detachable for laundering.
All of these patterns were available in what was then the normal range of sizes for women: bust 32 to 44 inches, with hips correspondingly bigger.
It’s undeniable that white accents a summer suntan (chic in 1931) and looks cool and fresh on hot days.