With the invention of the automobile there came a new line of clothes for the well-wheeled traveler. Women wore huge linen coats over dresses, hates tied down with voluminous scarves, and dustproof veils - all to withstand the damage done by a trip in the newfangled Model-T, which barreled along at fifteen miles per hour.
Motoring Duster circa 1910
Because the new automobiles were frequently unreliable, women took to wearing high-buttoned boots - just in case they got stuck in a muddy road, or ended up walking home.
Edwardian High-Buttoned Boots
The hardest concession a woman had to make for motoring, however, was the need for goggles - necessary for both comfort and preserving the eyesight.
"Those who fear any detriment to their good looks," noted a fashion writer of the time, "must content themselves to a quiet drive in the park."
Motoring Wrap circa 1907
Women also took to wearing a flat tweed cap, unbecoming though it was, when they weren't out for a drive - a symbol that they belonged to the new motoring class.