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Feminine Appeal: Collegiate Fashions

College women captured the American imagination during the early twentieth century. Popular magazines like Ladies Home Journal and Scribner's captured collegiate life and fashions providing context and aspiration for college bound women. During this period, the collegiate was codified around a balance of respectability and feminitity. Women typically wore outfits that consisted of a shirtwaist (a blouse or shirt), skirtwaist, and a skirt. Collegiate women would also accesorize their outfits with scarves, necklaces and ties. Mount Holyoke required women to wear knee length skirts.