We’ve been having fun dress days all week because it’s National Lutheran Schools Week. Yesterday was Decade Day. Since I have a top hat, it seemed natural to do 1900 to 1910. What is that decade called, anyway? The oughts? Would anyone have known what I was talking about if I said “oughts”?
My research said the style for men was a longer suitcoat that buttoned up high. Or a suitcoat with a vest that buttoned high. And if we’re going to be strict about it, top hats were out of vogue for daily wear by that time. Silk top hats were still formal wear, but I didn’t see any references to wool top hats – just bowlers and fedoras.
I wore my top hat anyway. I pinned a regular suit so it looked like it had one more button. I lifted the collar on my regular shirt to simulate the high collars I was seeing in pictures from the oughts. I wore my glasses to add to the look. I think it came off pretty well, even though I wasn’t 100% accurate.
There were many good costumes from the 80’s, 70’s, 60’s and 50’s. But I wasn’t the only one to choose the oughts. A former student who is now in high school also wore that style. Ha! We took a picture together: