I don’t regularly wear hats (I’m self-conscious and am never sure if I should be adding extra height to my already 6-foot tall frame). But if I did wear hats, I would definitely be wearing fashions from the 1930s & 1940s. Fruit, flowers, unique shapes, felted wool in unique patterns adorned these beauties; hats from this era are wearable art.
|Celluloid necklace, The Collected Collage|
|Bakelite brooches, like this one from |
Reverse Chronology, were popular in the 1940s
|Glass beaded choker, Blue Fennel Vintage|
|Corde evening purse, Callooh Callay|
|My Fair Lady lucite purse, DOTTO|
Similar to jewelry, antique handbags were constructed out of a variety of unique materials. Lucite and corde were commonplace, along with the perennial favorites of tapestry and beading. (My personal favorite are definitely the unique telephone cord purses!)
|Telephone cord purse, Ginny & Harriot|
When I think of shoes from the 1940s, I think of big band music and swing dancing. Many shoes from this time period were perfect for dancing with their beautiful lines and large, solid heels.
|Leather Mary Jane heels, Honey Talk Vintage|
|Black & white spectator heels, 4 birdsvintage|
|Rayon print dress, Petrune|
|Wool skirt & sweater set, Miss Farfalla|
There is way too much to say about dresses from the 30s and 40s in one post, so I’ll keep it to my favorite trends. The 1930s-1940s produced a variety of beautiful knit dresses. They come in both manmade and natural fibers, and they are comfortable, flattering, and easy to wear.
My other favorite trend was novelty prints (yes, I love colors and patterns). Many of these prints look as fashionable today as they did 70-80 years ago.
Jackets and Suits
Finally, you can’t talk about the 1940s without mentioning jackets and suits. 1940s suits were the precursor to the 80s power suit, but in my opinion, so much more stylish. Not only did they have strong shoulders, they were made to fit the figure closely, and were constructed out of beautiful, sturdy fabrics, most typically wools and linens.
|Linen suit, Hollie Point Vintage|
|Sreen siren suit, Wildfell Hall Vintage|