I think it’s a great 50s style dress, and a wonderful foile for that stunning fascinator. It’s also quite demure, which made a nice change from many of the dresses on show – do we really need to see bosoms in daylight Girls?
Back during WWII, a sleeveless dress would not have been considered demure. Sleeves were either long or just above elbow length. Hats were either pillbox small or large brimmed, and fascinators were strictly evening attire. In 1940, “frocks were subtly flattering.”
Girls may have bought a new outfit for the Cup, but it would be a daytime dress or suit that they could wear again and again. Hats were often simple ones tricked up at home with netting, ribbon and feathers. Not many women would have spent a weeks wages on a hat or fascinator.
Many girls would have made their own dress – or got there mum to make it! These patterns from 1940 could be made and worn to the races.
Good on Emily and her mum for bringing home dress making into the news!