It is 1930’s week here on The Glamorous Housewife, and I thought I would start things off with a fashion post. As I said in my 1920’s fashion post, I am much more of a 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s kinda gal. But I do enjoy the bias cut and draped gowns of the 1930’s.
As you can see in the above picture, the waistline was returned to its rightful place. Also notice the emphasis on the shoulders. Puffed sleeved are in vogue and the skirt lengths get longer throughout the decade. Speaking of skirts, you will notice they are neither full or pencil, but a hybrid of the two.
The bias cut dress comes into fashion during the 1930’s. The dress on the left is by Vionnet who is considered to be the “Queen Of The Bias Cut” and on the right we have an orange dress by Schiaparelli. Schiaparellai is best known for her trompe l’oeil sweaters and her lobster dress. Of course Chanel was a huge fashion designer at this point, and was the first to use jersey in women’s clothing, the first to take black from a color of mourning into a color of fashion, and the first to make the tan in vogue. I have always been amused with the fact Chanel hated Schiaparelli and referred to her as ‘that Italian artist who makes clothes’. For a long time I refused to see the genius of Schiap because of my loyalty to Chanel, but in the end I actually find myself more in tune to the bright patterns and humor of Schiaparelli then the austerity of Chanel.
One of the aspects of blogging that I love the most is attempting to move past my comfort zone. When I got the idea for this 5 part series, I knew I wanted to try and find modern clothing that reflected the spirit of each time period. Though I adore vintage clothing, I also love to find clothing that has a classic feel to it in a modern store. A large part of vintage shopping is finding the “needle in the haystack” ie: going through racks and racks to find the perfect dress. I also get this same thrill when I see something I adore in a contemporary boutique or online because 99% of the items are just not to my taste.
This dress is from Anthropologie (here) and in a million years I would have never of purchased it if it weren’t for this post. But I couldn’t for the life of me find anything else that had that 1930’s feeling. So of course I had to make up a reason to wear said dress and that is when I discovered the Cicada Club. The Cicada Club is located in down town Los Angeles in an old men’s clothing store which had been built in the late 1920’s. They host swing dancing and live music and I knew this would be the perfect place to wear my new dress. So I managed to talk both my husband and my next door neighbors to come with me to dance the night away.
There we are in our outfits. He is wearing a vintage 1940’s suit and a vintage tie. I decided I had to my hair in finger waves, which I will talk about more when I post the 1930’s beauty article later this week.
The necklace is new from J.Crew (here) and is a welcome addition to my jewelry collection. My earrings are at least 15 years old and I think my mother got them for me as a birthday gift.
Speaking of gifts, about once a year I splurge on the Neiman Marcus shoe sale, which is where I got these beauties. I think they are at least 4 years old and are surprisingly comfortable. As I have mentioned time and again, the best thing about dressing in a vintage or “classic” way is the money you spend on clothing, shoes, and accessories goes so much farther because you are buying things that never really go out of style.
I leave you with a picture of the lobby of the Cicada Club. Isn’t it just stunning? Unfortunately it was too dark to get any decent pictures inside. If you are in Los Angeles I highly recommend going to see a show there.
I scoured the internet and here is a look-book of some 1930’s styles you can try yourself:
And on Etsy:
1930s floral fringe dress. (here)
1930s white and deco floral button dress. (here)
1930’s blue silk chiffon embroidered evening dress. (here)
1930’s plaid day dress. (here)
1930’s floral chiffon gown. (here)
Vintage 1930’s day dress. Perfect for running around with the kids. (here)
1930’s pink and red patterned evening dress. Located in the UK (here)
Stay tuned this week for more 1930’s fun including make-up, food, and interior design.