Bloomers and middy blouses were the unofficial uniforms of the farmerettes of the WW1
Photographer Brown Bros. New York,
1918 Cabbages and Queens
Women wearing bloomers, working in a vegetable garden.
Farmerettes of 1918, 100 years after birth of Mrs. Bloomer. In the early Victorian era, the American, Mrs. Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), caused quite a stir when she wrote an article for her feminist publication ‘The Lily’. She tried to promote the idea of women abandoning their petticoats for a bi-furcated garment later known as the bloomer fashion. She suggested that woman would find trousers, like those worn by Turkish women, easier to wear than their voluminous heavy skirts.