I thought that with all the talk about knickers and hiking clothes that you might want to see examples from my collection. The set above is a matching linen vest and knickers. There is a very similar set in a 1925 B. Altman& Company catalog which shows the vest and knickers paired with a blouse, plain wool cloche, knee socks and brogan shoes. I was lucky enough to find a similar blouse which I’m showing here.
The vest has no closure except for the belt that buttons below the waist. The knickers button on both sides.
I’ve seen this “The Fad of the Hour” in other knickers from the 1920s. In looking through my catalogs and magazines I first saw knickers for women in a 1919 catalog, and their last appearance was in 1929. That’s a pretty long lasting fad!
And just because I love this detail, here is the two button closure on the leg band.
Here is another pair, this time in black and white linen tweed. Note how they button on both sides of the waist.
There are pockets on both sides as well.
Just for fun I paired these with a late 1920s sweater. This one has a Marshall Field’s label, but I’ve seen this style in catalogs such as Sears from the late 1920s.
This is an odd cross between a middy and a blouse, but seeing as how it is made from cotton duck, I can safely say the intended use was for outings such as hiking and camping. The bottom band actually folds up and buttons (that’s the exposed seam you can see). I’ve seen ads for middies that proclaimed their superiority because they did not fasten at the bottom.
These unworn 1920s knee socks were a very lucky find, from Carol at Dandelion Vintage. Best of all, both pairs are unworn.
Just like in the photos I shared earlier, the decorative tops of the socks were worn over the bottom band of the knickers.
And for the feet, a pair of Walkover brogans.
Topped off with a plain wool cloche, our hiker is now properly attired and ready to walk.
When collecting, I like to think of the entire ensemble. To me it is just so interesting to see how women actually wore their clothes, and to be able to assemble all the pieces that was necessary for a look. As another collector once said, “It’s not just about the frocks.”