I am concentrating on 20th C photos in this piece because not many of us have family paintings from the 19th C. I am interested to know from our dear community how fashion in your own country compares to British 20th C fashion.
I give acknowledgement to the V and A museum for information.
Nowadays anything goes. We can wear more or less whatever we like - long, short hemlines, colours, styles but in the past fashion was more date specific.
Therefore, we can give a good approximation as to a date from a picture in the past.
The picture is of my Great Grandfather William Beswick born 1858. I would think this is dated post.1900 approx.1910. In those days having a photo taken was a special occasion - unlike now. People wore their best clothes. Grandad has a matching handkerchief in his pocket.
I have used three family wedding photos to show differences.