Era Fashion Articles


Era Fashions are a fun way to “dress up” your involvement in the Model A hobby. When we speak of fashions there are two camps of interest: Fun Fashions and Fashion Judging.

Fun Fashions are what we choose to wear as we go out and about in our cars and to events with our club. This is probably how most of us are introduced to the fashions of the Model A era. With Fun Fashions we dress stylistically of the period. We are more concerned with comfort and ease of wear and care of these clothing choices, not whether our outfit is “exactly” correct. You might start with one item as simple as a hat, and eventually add one more item, and then another. Most of our members who enjoy fashions fall into this category.

Fashion Judging, on the other hand, is a bit more involved. If you choose to go through the rigors of judging, you will want to have researched and studied the fine details of the era, from the top of your head down to the bottom of your shoes. Words often associated with the experience in the judging room are strict, knit-picky, and exact. But what many folks don’t realize, is that as an entrant you are in competition with yourself and how well you have researched the era to put an outfit together. The goal in the judging room is to look exactly as though you have traveled through time from the Model A era.

Outside the Judging Room, It’s All About Fun!


Era Fashion Paper Dollsprettyswank

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

Quilted Taffeta Habdbags

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.


Seamed Stockings

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

Tweed Overcoat and Plus-fours

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

Wet Weather Style and Comfort

“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

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