Last week I showed you an 1820s riding habit, and though late Regency is often a difficult period, you loved the riding habit and it rated a 9.5 out of 10. It might have been even higher if it weren’t for the creepy mannequin!
This week’s ensemble is sort-of the 20th century equivalent of last weeks riding habit. In the 19th century riding and walking became more common as leisure activities for women, and riding habits (though they had existed in the 18th century) became more practical, though last week’s habit was more restrictive than relaxed. In the 20th century all sorts of outdoor activities were encouraged for women, and sportswear as we know it today emerged.
This sportswear ensemble from the Museum at FIT reflects the new emphasis on athleticism and simple, casual, outdoorsy outfits.
What do you think of the skirt of navy wool crepe, and matching top, cardigan, scarf and beret of grey wool with navy bindings and modernist inspired navy and turquoise machine embroidery? Do you like the simple ease of it, or is it too plain and boring? The 1920s have been one of the most divisive decades on Rate the Dress, so I await your verdict on this one with some anticipation.