Dressed for war

Dressed for war. Uniform, civilian clothing and trappings 1914 to 1918.

The centenary of the First World War has certainly spawned a variety of books on subjects never previously tackled, and this is one. It was a war that changed not only attitudes but also the social fabric of society as well as fashion and dress sense. This book takes a fascinating look at clothing and dress through the war, both military and civilian. It also comes up with some terrific facts. For example, that the war saw the wrist watch introduced for men after pocket watches became impractical in the trenches. Previously, only women had worn them. Additionally, we learn that women first began to shave their legs when skirts became shorter in order to conserve fabric. Certainly a very different aspect of First World War history! Enjoy these and many other gems in an entertaining and useful work.

EDWARDS (Nina), Dressed for war. Uniform, civilian clothing and trappings, 1914 to 1918, London, I B Tauris, 2014, 218 pages

Review published in Britain_at_War_february_2015.