"She wore a cotton housedress and red mules"
Woman's dress, 1935
Public DomainWoman's dress, 1935 - Credit: Jeanne Boleyn on Wikimedia Commons

In the 1930s, women’s fashion favoured a longer skirt and a more traditional waistline than 1920s fashion. Wide shoulders and narrow waists became popular. In more conservative parts of the United States, the more progressive fashions of recent years were frowned on, and ordinary women were expected to wear much simpler outfits than those seen in the movies.


Woman's housedress, 1936
Public DomainWoman's housedress, 1936 - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A housedress is made with simple lines and practical fabric, designed for housework and for wearing around the house.

Click here for a picture of a 1930s housedress on Etsy.