What they wore – 1940s Summer

Getting your perfect 1940s summer look is easy when you see what kind of outfits were worn. I cannot think of anything better than a light, floral 1940s dress when it’s hot and sticky outside. For me there is nothing better, and as its a sunny day today I’ve been looking at some of these wonderful looks across the internet. In a nutshell, 1940s fashion was an hourglass silhouette with masculine detailing. Padded shoulders, nipped-in high-waisted tops and a-line skirts that came to the knee were all seen, and are very easy to wear. This shaping could be seen on …

What they Wore – 1940s Lingerie and Shapewear

When you think of the lingerie of the 1940s, it’s natural to think of the glamorous, satin clad pin-up girls whose pictures filled the walls of soldiers posted overseas. Beautiful, peppy women posed provocatively in corsets, nightgowns and swimsuits with a look that is still popular today. In reality, things were a little different especially in places where war rationing was affecting goods and services. Women weren’t lounging about in restrictive luxurious garments. Not only were they enjoying a new freedom of working and being active outside, but the rationing meant that a new freedom was found with their undergarments …

What they wore – 1950s Lingerie and Shapewear

When you think of the 1950s, you automatically think of Hollywood glamour. At this time stars like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Lana Turner had the ideal body type – big breasts, big hips and a small waist – the hourglass figure. If you didn’t have them naturally, you could use 1950s lingerie and shapewear to help you achieve the ideal body. The hourglass silhouette of the 1950s happened thanks to the lingerie of the decade. To get the desired fit and look of the clothes on the outside, it’s important to have the correct foundation garments underneath to push …

What they wore – 1950s wedding

Out of the 1940s, women in the 1950s were looking towards Hollywood for inspiration for what to wear so it’s no surprise that this extended to their wedding too. High fashion designers were in the spotlight as brides-to-be flocked to department stores and bridal salons where they viewed the latest runway wedding gowns, veils and flowers. This also extended to menswear, homewares and bridesmaid dresses where a day-long wedding event set the tone for them being a high fashion affair. Brides were encouraged to emulate their Hollywood icons and dress like the stars in the most expensive gown they could …

What they wore: 1940s Wedding Dresses

Even though the world was in turmoil in the 1940s, people still fell in love and got married. In fact, as with any time of uncertainty, people were more likely to throw caution to the wind and get hitched as the post-war baby boom shows. 1940s weddings were less formal than previous and following decades however, with most held during the 10am and 1pm brunch time with a light meal and cake served to guests after the church ceremony. As with most events, 1940s wedding clothing varied from business dress to very formal attire. 1940s wedding and bridesmaid dresses Often …

What they Wore – 1950s Summer Style

For the glamour and style you can’t beat a 1950s summer look. This is one of my favourite seasons combined with one of my favourite periods of fashion, so this article was a real treat to create. As you may already know, the post-war economic boom meant that people were not only spending more money they also wanted luxurious new styles. As I have covered in my post about Dior, flared dresses using oodles of fabric and fantastic hats and shoes were all extremely popular. This economic boom also resulted in the return of fashion. The make do and mend …

What they Wore – 1950s Spring Style

Hello lovelies, 1950s spring style is one of my favourites, pretty pastels, beautiful florals and rain macs are a great way to stay warm and stylish. All of a sudden it seems that the world has awoken from its winter slumber and spring is here. And I love it! It’s always difficult for me to decide what to wear in Springtime, mainly because the threat of rain is always on the horizon here in the UK. I thought I would share some vintage spring style inspiration for you all, to get everyone ready for a chic and stylish Spring. 1950s …

What they Wore – The 1950’s Housewife

The 1950s housewife style With their sweet as candy day dresses, and perfectly coiffured hair these babes certainly knew how to welcome their husbands back home. Now, I know that these days many households have a different dynamic, with both partners working, but you can still channel the 1950’s housewife style into your daily look. I am not advocating that the repression of women comes back into style, but the choice to stay at home or go out to work is important these days. The style is what I am focusing on today. Clothing The most popular style of dress …

What they Wore – 1950s Teenagers – Teddy Girls

Hello kittens, Last time we focused on Preppy Girls as my style focus. And this week I am taking a look at the other teenage subculture Teddy Girls. A cross between a flamboyant Edwardian Gent and the American Rock and Roll culture, they style on paper doesn’t work, but in reality it does. Considered to be the first female subculture for style and fashion, the Teddy Girls or Judies. Wearing the same drape jackets, rolled up jeans and flat shoes as their male counterparts, they inevitably added their own feminine flair with straw boaters, brooches and clutch bags and more …

What they Wore – Teenagers – 1950s Preppy

Hello my beauties, As I may have mentioned, I am starting to post a little more about vintage style, and where I get my inspiration from. Today we are going to touch on the Preppy style of clothing in the 1950’s and how you can get the look too. Think about the film Grease. Now I know that it was made in the 1980’s but it is set in the 1950’s so it counts. Sandy at the start embodies the Preppy style perfectly. Neat tidy hair, with pastel colours and full skirts she is sweet and innocent. These fresh faced …