Summer shopping along Ladies’ Mile

Today’s scary-skinny models have nothing on this no-waisted woman, from a 1905 magazine ad. The summer suit she’s modeling looks very chic, but check out the length of the dress; it still wasn’t socially acceptable for a female to reveal her ankles, even in July! 

Ladies’ Mile, between 5th and 8th Avenues from 14th to 23rd Streets, was the SoHo of the late 1800s. One of the many luxe department stores that started there, Best & Company, became known for their kid’s clothes.

Best & Company left Ladies’ Mile in 1910, as the area slid into seediness, moving to Fifth and 35th Street and then 51st Street, finally shutting its doors in 1970. The era of the department store had begun to end.

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