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Fashions in the 1920s & 1930s 4: from Farewell My Life by Cynthia Sally Haggard

It is 1938, when the novel closes.

Here is Coco Chanel in 1938, working with a model.

I remember my female teachers in my girls school wearing a similar outfit. Although their skirts were made out of tweed and the tailoring wasn’t so elegant…nor did they wear such smart hats…

Coco Chanel is wearing a 2-piece outfit because she is a working woman. These outfits first became popular around 1910 as more & more young women poured into the workplace and wanted something more practical than a dress to cope with the inevitable mishaps of daily life. Having a blouse to wash was much more practical…

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