In the late 1800s and early 1900s, tightly corseted women wore long dresses, even to the beach. But as social mores began to change, fashion at summer resorts began to loosen up: women could enter the changing rooms on the boardwalk in Oak Bluffs and shed their stiff encumbrances. Constrictive clothing was replaced with dark wool bathing suits that included bloomers, stockings, shoes, and often matching caps to cover their hair.
|Credit||Gift of Howard H. Eddy from the estate of Helen Hart|
|Thematic Collection||Collection Highlights|