1930s Photos. Wedding Pictures of Real People Fashion History 1930s
By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com
1930s Photos of Real People - Fashion
These are original family photographs of ordinary people in special
wedding occasion clothes taken in
and 1937 plus some mixed day
dress from 1931 and
1933. Some are from Carol Morgan of Cardiff
and others from Helen Hudzic of PA. All old photographs on this page were taken
either in the
Cardiff area of UK or in Pennsylvania USA. All thumbnail images enlarge.
In this wedding photograph of 1931 the bride's bouquet was made from locally grown fresh
orchids provided by the bride's father who grew them in his
greenhouse. All the guests also wear orchids, including the
young boy Henry. The bridesmaids all wear dresses which probably have
bias cut skirts judging by the flare and sway of them. All the dresses
were made by the bride's family and the drop waist suggest that 1920's
fashion styles are still holding strongly with this group. By 1930 the
waist had generally risen to its normal position and the bride
This bridal party
photograph had a sad message on the back, stating the wedding
picture was taken in 1931, but that the bride died in 1934 and one can
surmise that this was probably in childbirth and before the time of
antibiotics. The bride's
headdress is an extravagant almost Tudor affair and shows it
developing volume after 20 years of close mob cap veiling styles
popular from c1913.
1931 photo here.
The guests in the second old photo are interesting.
Both women are fashion conscious in a mature way and both wear furs.
The foxtails are quite obvious on the right hand side woman. The
hats though have more of a 1920s fashion feel to them, but that can be
expected at the beginning of a decade. Some fashions from the
previous decade always linger on for about 5 years or so. You can see
some 1920's photos of
The boy Henry wears short trousers and some of you may not be aware
that until about 1970 young boys often wore short trousers until the
age of about 11. They usually adopted long trousers at about age 12 as
they entered adolescence. But it was not thought unusual to see
boys of around 9 to 13 in in short or long trousers. Boys
younger than 9 only ever wore short trousers.
read more detailed text about 1930s fashions for women in the
The wedding photograph on the left shows how fashions in clothes had
become softer in the mid 1930s creating a major contrast to the angular
boyish lines of a decade earlier. The bride's dress is unusual in that
it is patterned.
The hats in both pictures are fashionable for the era. Mrs.
Morgan's hat is close fitting and very chic for the era. Her three
quarter coat has a fall ruffle collar which has been cut from a circle and made
with contrast fabric. the skirt has box pleats.
were a highly fashionable feature of
dresses and the links show you some line drawings of typical dress
Above we have photos of two contrasting 1930s weddings.
On the left Arthur and
Helen of USA in quite formal occasion dress and on the right Charles and
Gwen of UK, in smart formal day suits of the era and who also married in 1937. I
recall Gwen with great affection and she lived to the grand age of 90.
the far left Gwen wear a wrap coat in 1931. This coat style was a very
popular fashion after 1928 and she wears a quite close fitting
cloche. Her hairstyle is soft and in keeping with the softer
waved styles of late 20s early 30s.
Lucy wears fox tails with
her dress to literally dress it up. The hat is very typical of 1933
and was probably bought that year. You can see more
1930's hats here.
The photo of Helen and Arthur has been taken later in the thirties
c1937 when boleros were popular. Arthur's appearance is very
typical of male grooming of the mid thirties.
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