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Snazzy Stockings: 1920

Snazzy Stockings: 1920

Washington, D.C., December 1920. "Anna Hayden." One in a series of photos featuring these lovely leggings. National Photo Company. View full size.


Leg scarves

Up close, these leggings look rather like wide ribbons; she left her heels covered by the black stockings underneath and used the ribbon above the shoe, where it would show.

Wonder if it's a trend that ever caught on.

Bamboo decor

We've seen some of those same cool bamboo-ish pieces before.


I'll take those split bamboo plant stands. Without the ferns.

I want!

I would wear those flowery leggings with ankle boots and a short skirt. Where can I get a pair (at 1920 prices, of course)?

Bob Barker would say

"Take that coat off and water those poor dry ferns!"

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