The war is long, but the skirts are short!

World War One saw necklines fall, skirts rise and hats shrink. Simple frocks in sombre colours reflected the semi-permanent state of mourning that many women found themselves in. At the same time, skirts were cut more generously to allow for a greater range of motion as women left the home to work in greater numbers. Fabric shortages also impacted the popular styles, restricting the amount of layers women wore. Some trends displayed a more masculine or even militaristic style – tri-corner hats, practical pockets and bold buttons made an appearance, giving women’s clothing a useful air not seen in the fussy, restrictive garments of the early 1900s. The examples pictured above come from newspapers around the country to illustrate these ideas.