The April 1912 issue of Ladies Home Journal is full of beautiful Edwardian spring fashions.
Here are some vintage dresses from an article entitled “The Stout Woman in Her Easter Clothes.” It states that the Designs are by Mrs. Ralston: With Drawings by Augusta Reimer. Along with the illustrations are paragraphs explaining details of each of the outfits, as well as tips on how best to accentuate a stout figure. For instance, a paragraph describing the pink gown on the right above:
“Two-Toned taffeta in a chiffon finish is the material used to make the effective street gown above on the right, which is most appropriate for church for visiting or for afternoon entertainments… The diagonal cross-lines in both the waist and skirt will give a decidedly ‘slimming’ appearance to a stout figure.”
And of the negligee pictured here, we read:
“Every woman’s wardrobe should contain a comfortable negligee that is dressy enough to be worn about the house if she so desires, but it is not always easy to find a design that will make such use possible. Of course something depends too upon the material selected, which, in conjunction with correct lines for one inclined to be over-stout, makes the illustration on the right interesting and helpful; for here a charming combination of striped challis and silk is used advantageously.”