Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Women in Pants – Vintage Photos from the 1850s to the '30s Give Us a Glimpse Into an Unexplored Aspect of the Victorian/Edwardian Female World

Although fashion did not embrace the look of trousers on the female form until the late 20th century, history saw working women wearing them a hundred years prior. From Victorian coal miners who rolled up their skirts around their waist to reveal soot-covered pants underneath to today’s terrible backlash of factory-torn denim, spandex jeggings, and bedazzled bums, women’s pants have undergone quite a transformation.

Let’s take a look at the early fashion of women’s pants from the festooned Victorian era right on through to the ultra glamorous 1930s.

Victorian era

1896

Edwardian era

1920s

1920s

1926

Veronica Lake. 1930s.

Harpers Bazaar, December 1939.

Ethel Waters. 1920s.

c.1890

Dr. Mary Walker, 1866.

c.1870

1880s

1900s

1908

c.1900

Calamity Jane, c.1895.

c.1906

1896

Cowgirl, 1915.

1860s

c.1900

c.1900s

c.1900s

c.1910

(via A n j o u)

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