A fun little note -- I recently read an interesting wardrobe-building guide by my favorite author of the moment, Marjorie Hillis. In Orchids on Your Budget, she breaks down exactly what she'd recommend purchasing for spring/summer/early fall in 1937 -- and I have priced it out! In today's dollars, the small wardrobe she recommends would cost about $1,141.
Take a look at her seasonal recommendations:
- Wool coat, untrimmed
- Black silk crepe dress
- Black Sheer wool dress
- Short toast-brown wool jacket
- Checked skirt
- Printed silk dress
- Toast brown hat/bag/shoes
- Lighter brown gloves/stockings
- White gloves/jacket/hat
Does $1,141.00 sound about right for the mid-level professional woman's three-season wardrobe budget, or do you think this number is much higher for most of us today?
Suggested Reading: Vintage Fashion Advice from Marjorie Hillis