The Marvelous Middy


I love this snap shot taken by one of my great aunts during the 1920s. These girl friends are all sporting variations on the popular middy blouse. Not exactly What They Wore to Roar at an afternoon or evening dance party, but everyday smart-looking skirt, blouse and sweater combinations that were oh so trendy in their day.

What Defines the Style?

The naughty nautical look, stolen from the sailor boys , was epitomized by a cotton or linen hip-length pull-over blouse with V-neck and  collar. Embellishments such as striping, low-riding self-fabric belts, and neckties supplied individuality.

Where Can I See Authentic 1920s Middies? 

In general, costume museums have focused on collecting and exhibiting high-end couture pieces, and we have plenty of those at the Mobile Millinery Museum,  but we are also interested in what everyday women wore everyday.  In addition to the beaded and sequined flapper dresses of the 1920s our What They Wore to Roar travelling exhibit features the lingerie, sleepwear, day dresses and accessories of that iconic decade. Tell us what your vintage fashion interests are; we’d love to know.








Published by Norma Shephard

I'm the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & author of five books on vintage fashion.

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