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The fashion for this decade can be split, pre-war (1910-1913) and war + post-war times (1914-1919). Pre-war fashion was luxurious and characterized by opulent trimmings, small waists and large exotic hats. Once the war began, things in the fashion world changed with it. Women began to opt for more practical garments. While the men were away fighting, women became the engine that kept industry moving and they needed clothing that allowed them freedom of movement. Corsets were abandoned.