Because I have so much to cover in regards to 1940’s fashion, I am splitting my post into two parts. Here is the first one and the second will be posted later this evening.
Ahhh, the 1940’s! What a glorious time for fashion. I mean it isn’t the 1950’s, but it is close. Women were still showing off their figures, and color and patterns abounded. Everything fit with a soft tailored touch, nothing was too clingy or form fitting. And the hats! The hats! I am not focusing on the chapeau for this post, but maybe someday in the future I will write a whole post devoted to the toppers of the 1940’s.
If you wanted to break down the shape of the 1940’s into a simple form, I believe it would be two triangles. Yes, this looks similar to the hourglass figure we associate with the 1950’s, but as I will explain next week, I believe that form to be more like a figure “8” or curved hourglass rather than two triangles. In the 1940’s the shoulder was still very structured, a holdover from the 1930’s. But instead of the straight longer skirt, they became shorter and had more of an “A” line than in the 30’s.
Sleeves were usually straight and not too tight. They often ended somewhere above the elbow but below the shoulder.
Skirts were more relaxed and had a bit more fabric in them then the ones you would see in the 1930’s. Notice the lower cut of the neckline as well.
One of the things I like best about the fashion of the 1940’s is all of the embellishments. The ruffles! The contrast piping! The top stitching, gatherings, and pleats! So many intricate details made the clothing of the 1940’s exquisite.
I am also quite surprised at how many of the items look positively modern! Well, maybe not modern, but at least they have become classics. I could totally see those shoes being sold on Zappos.
Even the dresses have become classic. I swear you could make a replica of this dress and it would sell out at Anthropologie.
As you can see, the fashions of the 1940’s still reverberate within our collective conscious as being pleasing to the eye and not too costumey. Maybe this is why so many of you count the 40’s as your favorite decade.
Because the fashion is still so classic, it is fairly easy to find styles that can be considered a derivative of the 40’s.
*All photos were taken from the book Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits To The New Look.(here)
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