This Companion-Butterick triad dress pattern from the summer of 1937 is illustrated on three mature women, none of whom has a conspicuously middle-aged figure.
However, the size range went all the way to bust size 52.
The three dresses have similar skirts, but bodice and sleeve variations range from casual to dressy. [I imagine that the floral print version was made more often in navy or brown rayon than in yellow chiffon, but it’s nice that women over fifty were encouraged to wear bright colors.
White, perforated summer shoes were not just for “old ladies,” and the heels at right are certainly high.
Shoes weren’t the only things that were perforated in the 193o’s:
Perhaps that’s how these women over fifty maintained their impossibly tall, willowy shapes.
These women over fifty may have also used another product: Brownatone. It had been in use since the 1920’s — possibly earlier.
For another “After Fifty” triad pattern, click here.