Insight Into How Dotty, Edie, and Ev Packed

A couple of posts ago, I discussed how clothing posed as a packing problem for road-tripping females, as they were advised to pack for both the physical traveling as well as any social activity where travel clothes would be inappropriate.  I likened it to my packing for conferences, where I have jeans for social activities (and the actual travel part) and more professional attire for the actual conferences…this also leads to my over packing, but I talked enough about that in the same post (for now anyway).

It is important to note that although many female authors advised packing clothes for a range of activities on an autotrip, not all heeded this advice.  Whether a matter of not having the money to afford a range of clothing or lacking space in which to pack additional attire, the practical thing for some women was to bring what one had, nothing more.  This did, at times, cause women too look out of place in certain settings.  Dotty, Edie, and Ev were no exception.  Towards the end of their trip, the three spent a day driving around Washington D.C.  Their motoring attire did not deter them from eating dinner at a nice restaurant, as this quote from one of the three said to a reporter for The Bridgeport Herald recounts,

In Washington, we went into an exclusive eating place for dinner.  Dressed in leather helmets, khaki shirts and knickers, golf socks, swet [sic] shirts and oxfords we attracted a lot of attention.[1]

Later in the article, they elaborate on this attention due to their looks, “In some places where people did not see our car, they mistook us for aviators, dressed the way we were.”[2]  This suggests that the girls’ clothes were comprised primarily of autocamping and motoring attire and that they did not change outfits to reflect a change in activity, location, or society’s expectation.

[1] The newspaper article does not specify which girl answered what question.  The questions are omitted from the article, leaving one to infer what the girls were asked from how they responded.  Julius J. Soltesz, “Three Girls Travel 12,353 Miles In Auto And Return Safely,” Bridgeport (CT) Herald, December 29, 1929, 26.

[2] Soltesz, “Three Girls Travel 12,353 Miles In Auto And Return Safely,” 26.

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