The 1940’s saw many changes throughout the decade as far as fashion is concerned. The beginning of the decade brought with it the times of war and rationing on many items - including fabrics - while with the premier of Dior’s “New Look” towards the tail end of the decade really paved the way for all things fashionable and led to what fashion styling has grown into today.
Notably, to recreate the vintage styles of the 1940’s, I recommend looking for monochromatic dresses and 2-piece suits in fabrics such as wool, tweed, crepe, or cotton. Popular “cuts” of the clothing including gathers at the shoulder, tight-fitting bodices or peplum cut jackets that almost notoriously are paired with an a-line skirts featuring a prominent accent such as a fan pleat in the back or front, accentuated stitch-trim or rick-rack, gathers at the shoulders or buttons down the front. If they weren’t plain, simple patterns such as small florals, polka dots, or plaids carried on. One accessory you should never be without for recreating this decade is a belted waist! By utilizing belts during this era, women could pull off an hourglass shape, while showing off their tiny waists! Following are some examples:
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With the upcoming smash movie of the year about to sizzle - American Hustle - my mind swirls with visions of plunging necklines, wrap dresses, gold lame and metallic threads. I dream of a place where polyester, velvet, leather, and fur abound. Yep…it was the disco era and the era in which this film is set to take place.
While the disco era carried from the late 1970’s into the beginning of the 1980’s…as far as vintage clothing goes, most of these looks were originally made and manufactured during the late 70’s but didn’t became fashion crazes until the early 80’s. The film tended to mix the decades together to pull off the looks of these ladies. In order to achieve a monumental Sydney or Rosalyn look-a-like for the theme parties about to roll off this blockbuster movie is as so:
Ladies, plunging necklines and showing skin was popular during this after-effect of the hippie era…which practically made nudity legal again. Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll were still prevalent and with the luscious ladies of this film…clothing should reflect - and I do mean it literally, girls.
Sequins abounded, shiny metallic fabrics like gold and silver lame was everywhere. So glam it up if you really want to dress the part - and you’ll be sure to fit right in.