The 1940’s was a turbulent time, as the world went to war and women entered the work force. Despite the hard times, fashion flourished with puffy sleeves and tight fitting coats. These, and more, vintage styles have worked their way into many modern lines.
The wide legged trousers and slacks of the 40’s waltzed the runways. Business chic trousers and blazers illicit images of women taking the working world by storm as men headed to war. Relax and read “Grapes of Wrath” in a pair of trousers, or go see “Oklahoma” with the girls.
Taking to trousers? Take a look at these:
Old Hollywood Glamour
The screen sirens of the 1940’s stunned in dramatic velvet and chiffon. The Rita Hayworths and Veronica Lakes come back to life in flowing peignors and velvet gowns, all that’s missing are some cigarette holders. Straight out of “Casablanca,” embrace elegance with old Hollywood glamour.
Ready for your close up? There’s a spotlight on these fabrics:
Trench Coats and Long Coats
During the 40’s, there were restrictions on many different goods. Food, metal, and even some fabrics. The American government issued L-85, which restricted many garments of the 40’s. Jackets and coats could not have more than two pockets, and there were some restrictions on sleeve circumference. Wool trench coats became very popular, as well as the swagger coat, which is a more fitted style of jacket.
Do you want a jive-worthy jacket? Trench yourself in these fabrics:
Suspenders may be a simple, functional accessory that hold up pants, but they turn decorative in these modern collections. With gold link chains or suspenders holding up skirts, suspenders are a fashion staple. Do the jitterbug, and don’t worry about pulling up your pants, in suspenders.
Need suspender support? Try these fabrics and appliques:
Women were the workers of the 1940’s, as men crossed the pond to fight in World War II. This meant that women’s fashion had to be revolutionized, had to turn from feminine dresses into durable overalls and jumpsuits. Rosie the Riveter would be proud of this style that combines beauty and business.
Ready to work? Fashion these fabrics into something that works for you:
Broad shoulders took center stage in the 1940’s, giving women a powerful look. Many female suits and blazers were given a masculine feel with the squared shoulder, as women entered the work force and took on more typically masculine roles. Go swing dancing to some big bands in zoot suits with squared shoulders.
Don’t be a square, pick up some of these fabrics for squared shoulders:
Vintage Inspired Sleeves
These puffy sleeves are a spin off of the broad shoulder. A feminine take on the broad shoulder, puffy sleeves were often embellished with embroidery and paired with high waisted skirts. Fastened onto tops and cardigans alike, these bulbous blouses are perfect for a stroll in central park or for enjoying a ration of coffee in the morning.
Pleased with vintage sleeves? Slip into these fabrics:
Do you consider this style ace? Or is it totally bonkers? Let us know in the comments!