Mar 29, 2024 - History

Tampa Bay newspaper archives provide a fashion blast from Easters past

An April 1941 Easter fashion ad in the St. Pete Times via newspapers.com

An April 1941 Easter fashion ad in the St. Pete Times via newspapers.com

To quote a 1923 ad in the St. Pete Times, "Easter is Fashion's own day." So, folks, it's time to dust off your straw hats and flutter-sleeve shirts.

Why it matters: Easter is only a few days away. If you want to turn heads at the family brunch, get off Pinterest and take in some fashionable Easter styles we pulled from vintage Tampa Bay newspapers.

Zoom in: Fellas, here's a tip from the '20s: accessorize. That means silk neckties and linen handkerchiefs.

  • "A flower in the buttonhole takes 10 years off a man's life," reads a 1928 article.
  • Meanwhile, for women who want to make "fashion news" this Easter, a 1941 article suggests "light-bright coats, sportsy in fabric and cut," and a wool cape over a print dress.

Here are a few other ideas:

1967

A 1967 ad for "Girls' Easter dresses and Little Boys' Eton Suits."
A 1967 ad for "Girls' Easter dresses and Little Boys' Eton Suits."

1980

A 1980 ad for "blouse charmers" with a "flourish of crystal-pleated flutter sleeves with dainty lettuce edging."
A 1980 ad for "blouse charmers" with a "flourish of crystal-pleated flutter sleeves with dainty lettuce edging."

1995

A 1995 ad for linen coats, denim shorts and more.
A 1995 ad for linen coats, denim shorts and more.
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