What, exactly, did this extravagance entail? Superintendent Mark Keppel spoke against the “smart filmy gowns” that were “ruinously expensive and altogether inexcusable from any standpoint of reason, art or necessity.” He advocated “reform in dress and death to the hobble skirt, the tube gown, paint and powder, the transparent and cloud-like material in dresses and waists, and to the ‘Baby Doll’ curls and puffs.”
In the end, no legislation was necessary to bring more modest fashions to Monrovia. In 1924, the female students of the Monrovia High School adopted a uniform following a lively debate and a vote of two-thirds majority. The uniform, which a number of students had independently adopted the previous year, was made up of a white middy blouse and a blue skirt. The decision was said to be popular among the general public, who appreciated the simple, attractive style of the uniforms as well as the return to focus on education.
Source: John L. Wiley, History of Monrovia (Pasadena: Press of Pasadena Star-News, 1927), p. 120-122.