I’ve taken copies right out of the Fashion Guideline to show the look you’ll want to duplicate. But much easier now.

Ladies, achieving the seamed Cuban heel stocking in a verity of colors and sizes is as easy as a stop at Victoria’s Secret or online (ebay) search by description. The best style to purchase is pantyhose or the stay up thigh high stockings. Or if you’re a die hard, back to girdles or garter belts {BOO}. What a great way to finish out an Era look.

Gentlemen, for you the look hasn’t changed much. Men’s silk socks and braces are still available in nicer mens store, ebay or antique stores. If you’re a brave enough soul to show off your legs! Then for the working guys white cotton socks (w/elastic) try sock Monkey socks. Yes, the ones your make monkey dolls out of. They are Era. Men’s socks were available in a variety of colors also. Check for rayon, wool, cotton or silk depending on the occasion. You can purchase them from Walmart to high end mens stores depending on your $$$$.



Stockings were held up by supporters, which could be attached either to corsets, girdles, or garter belts. Some women preferred to roll their hose to just above the knee, using garters. A piece of elastic, sewn in a circle, was a good substitute. Fancy satin and silk garters were also worn as an adornment.

During all four of these years, the majority of the stockings had seams. Sears advertised a seamless stocking, which had an artificial seam marking. Seamless stockings were also advertised in silk or lisle. (Vogue, September 28,1929)

There was a wide variety of heel designs available. “Clox”, or clocks, were fancy designs that went up the side or back of hose. Hosiery colors listed for 1929 were: Youth, ecstasy, pearl blush, tansan, moonlight, nude, gloaming, boulevard, French blonde and gunmetal. For 1931 the colors were, from lightest to darkest, beige Clair, Biscay nude, sunbask, blonde dore, oak rose, promenade, nightingale, brown leaf and ebony.

Men’s Socks and Hosiery

Men’s socks, or hose, for dress or formal wear were quite sheer. Made of silk and rayon, often with cotton heels and toes, they coordinated with the attire in color. The formal occasions called for dark hose. Other dress occasions allowed for more variety.

Socks for other occasions were made of various fabrics, smartly colored to co-ordinate. Heavy wool was used for warmth in the winter to lightweight rayon for summer wear.

Though the tops of the socks had elastic, garters were still required to hold them up. The garters were worn mid-calf and featured either one or two grips that attached to the sock.