Model A Ford Club of America
Sacramento, California Chapter

Model A Era - Fashion Articles

Test you knowledge of era fashions. Match a set of paper dolls with its corresponding outfit.

Source: From the “Great Fashion Designs of the Twenties Paper Doll Book. By Tom Tierney. Dover Publications.

While perusing through the 1931 Simpson’s Catalog, I came across this half-slip and bloomers combined into a single undergarment. Made of non-run Rayon, it was available in peach and Nile green in sizes small, medium, and large. And the cost? Only $1.00 (Canadian)!

Source: Peggy Gill

During the Model A Era, many women used their sewing skills to make purses and clutches to go with their outfits. Patterns and ideas were often found in magazines such as Needlecraft and Woman’s World. According to an article on page 49 in the February 1929 issue of Woman’s World magazine, quilted silk taffeta purses were “among the season’s smartest contributions to the costume.


Whether you are dressing in era image for fun, a club event, or planning on entering a MAFCA sanctioned fashion judging event seamed stockings are a must have for your outfit.

Although seamless stockings were beginning to be available during the model A era, they were most often seen worn during the summer months for the “bare-legged” look. The majority of women still bought and wore those with the seams up the back of the leg.

Source: Peggy Gill

Take a look at this illustration from a 1929 French Menswear collection. The look includes Argyle socks, a beret, and a pair of plus-fours. "What's are plus-fours", you ask? A pair of knickers that extend four inches below the knee. Now you know.

Source: 100 Years of Fashion Illustration by Cally Blackman

This month's fashion article will help us get ready for the rainy season. It is titled "Are you Umbrella Blind?"

Source: Peggy Gill

“New Beauty…Smarter Fit” states the advertisement for Ball-Band galoshes and light rubbers in the January 1930 Delineator. Ball-Band, whose trademark motto includes “styled-to-the-shoe.” was a Model A era manufacturer with a thirty year old reputation for wet weather footwear.

Source: Peggy Gill

Winter Wear for that Bridge, Luncheon or Tea Date. This era fashion article written by Patti Jones is based on content from the January 1931 Ladies’ Home Journal.

Source: January 1931 Ladies’ Home Journal