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20 mai 2020

1940s Pants

1940s Pants

Women in pants were not a common sight in the 40s outside of factories. Pants were seen as too masculine but as more women stepped into men’s jobs in the factories, this began to change. Pants were more practical for women and safer than skirts. More women began wearing pants off the job emboldening other stay-at-home moms to experiment with pants.

Young women started wearing wide-legged which were very similar to men’s pants. The waistband was at the natural waistline. The legs dropped in a straight line to the hem making the slacks appear loose and unflattering to the wearer’s form. The legs were pressed in a single crease running down the front. The hems were uncuffed. These slacks had big pockets for holding tools or other small objects.

These slacks were made of tough fabric denim, gabardine, and corduroy. The colors were work-friendly; black, grey, brown, and blue. Some designs had stripes and checks. Buttons were fixed at the sides instead of the front which was seen as too masculine.

1940s Pants

Women’s pants design gradually became more feminine. The crotch was placed low, up to 4 inches in depth. The hips became wider and baggy. Postwar designs used pleats in front and darts in the back to give some shape to the hip area. In-seam pockets added to the fullness in the hips. The leg was tapered, different from straight-leg designs of the following decades. The trouser leg was short, but some women were their trousers long and rolled up the hems. A vertical crease at the front put some shape into the leg.

One peculiar women pants design in the early 40s women’s fashion was the jumpsuit, also called the ‘siren suit.’ These were commonly worn by women in Europe where air raids were common during the war. This light cotton or soft flannel suit. It was designed for easy wearing when the raid siren sounded, hence the name. It had a zipper in the front and cuffed ankles. It also had an attached hood for covering the hair such that there was no fussing around. Some designs came with a coat and a hood for warmth and comfort in cold weather.

 

BLUE JEANS

1940s Pants

The most popular work pants for women were blue jeans. Women wore them in factories as well as farms. Women’s jeans had narrower legs, and later designs had curved hips. Teenage girls wore led the way in wearing jeans as casual wear before older women picked up the trend. Blue jeans were worn with button-down shirts, peasant tops, or sweater tops. Cowgirl entertainers also helped popularize blue jeans, which they wore with western-style shirts. The biggest brands for women jeans were Lee and Levi. Wrangler entered the market in 1948 with a trendy collection featuring a front zipper, which became an instant hit and put the zipper in front since then.

Women in factories also wore denim overall that were alternatively called pinafore style pants. They were suspended with shoulder straps, with a bib in front and large slit pockets to hold assorted work tools. Overalls design did not change much from the men’s design that had been used since the 1930s. Overalls were exclusively made from heavy denim, but postwar overalls were made from softer fabric.

Overalls were worn with a button-up top or t-shirt underneath. Teenagers also wore overalls fashionably without shirts in warmer weather. But the appropriate overalls for wearing in this style were pinafore style with a large bib covering the chest area such that only the arms and shoulders were exposed.

Fabrics other than denim began to be used for women’s overalls in the late 40s. The most commonly used were cotton twill and chambray, and synthetic blends.

 

PANTSUITS

1940s Pants

Slacks became more feminine and more women began wearing them with a blouse top as smart casual wear. The blouse top was tucked in the pants with a cardigan or pullover on top in cold weather. Young ladies took to wearing pants with tight-fitting sweaters. Pants could also be worn with a polo shirt for a sports event. As it became more acceptable for women to wear pants, women started matching them with button-up shirts to make smart pantsuits. These were the predecessors of women’s suits in later years.

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19 mai 2020

Marilyn Monroe’s Influence on the Fashion Industry

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion IndustryMarilyn Monroe is a big name not only in the film industry but in the fashion industry as well. She has served us looks that continue to influence the fashion industry even today. A blonde bombshell and a true 1950s women’s fashion icon, Monroe has given rise to numerous fashion trends that are heavenly. Scroll down to know the extent of Marilyn Monroe’s influence on the fashion industry:

 

1. THE DAY WEAR LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

Marilyn’s day wear look is not what one usually wears while running an errand, however, this look wooed hundreds of people and a major influence on the fashion industry can be attributed to this not-so-casual look. For this 1950s dress, you need a matching set of a complete dress that comes with a dramatic bow adorned at the waist and a matching bolero jacket. Wear your favorite white heels with this ideal look and you are all set to steal everyone’s heart.

 

2. THE RED CARPET LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

Marilyn Monroe’s influence on the fashion industry can easily be seen in her red carpet look where she was captured wearing a sleeveless column gown along with a white fur shawl. Fur shawls were also Monroe’s specialty and inspire people all the time. If you also want to look glamorous, get the look-alike of this 1950s dress and rest assured that you are going to live in every heart. With this dress, you can also wear your silk gloves to add perfection to your style.

 

3. THE CHIC LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

Marilyn’s chic look wasn’t too glittery but a simple one that incorporated a white collared shirt over blue jeans. This seemingly simple yet amazingly stylish look instantly became everyone’s favorite. Today, if you are thinking of going for a simple but iconic look, you have to own a pair of blue jeans and a white shirt. With this look, you can wear your super comfortable booties and go out with style.

 

4. THE ONE-SHOULDER LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

The satin one-shoulder look that Marilyn once sported was as glamorous as anything. This majestic 1950s dress was considered to be the top example of the evening gowns and still holds its rank. This satin gown turns into an asymmetrical silhouette that is one-shouldered and continues to influence fashion even today. For this look, all you need to do is be as effortless as possible and put on this amazing dress to feel your best self.

 

5. THE ICONIC LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

Whenever one thinks of Marilyn’s influence on the 1950s women’s fashion industry, the first thing that comes to mind is the white halter dress that she wore in Seven Year Itch. This dress has now become everyone’s favorite whenever there is a Marilyn Monroe themed occasion. You can also achieve this effortless yet iconic look by opting for a white halter dress and pairing this dress with your favorite heels.

 

6. THE HALTER LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

Marilyn not only carried the glamorous looks really well, but she was amazing with 1950s simple pink halter dress looks as well. This look was sported by Marilyn on the sets of Niagara and serves as a really well example of simple yet classic looks. The button detailing on this dress adds to the perfection of this dress and can make anyone stand out of the crowd in an instant. If you also want this look, all you have to do is look toward Monroe for your ultimate fashion inspo.

 

7. THE RUCHED LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

With Marilyn’s ruched look, the 1950s women’s fashion industry saw great inclination towards the ruched trend in fashion. Marilyn sported this look on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in beautiful ruched orange evening dress that mesmerized everyone. This look was accented with a matching floor-length shawl. For a classy and super stylish look, you can also wear this dress and leave a lasting impression on the minds of all those around you just like Marilyn has successfully done for so many years now.

 

8. THE OFF-DUTY LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

For a timeless look that needs no efforts, Marilyn made sure that she gave people something like that. This off-duty look is ideal for casual rounds around the city as well as for staying at home and chilling. If you also want this look, opt for white cigarette pants and simple black turtleneck. This look influenced many people in the past and continues to do so even today.

 

9. THE WIGGLE LOOK

Marilyn Monroe's Influence on the Fashion Industry

Marilyn’s yet another influence on the 1950s women’s fashion industry can be seen in her simple wiggle dresses. This one dress came with a crew neckline and a buckle belt that gave a flattering shape to her body. For an effortless and classic look, you can also wear this dress with your statement earrings and favorite footwear. Wear your hair the way Marilyn used to wear and put on that signature red lipstick for an ultimate iconic look.

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16 mai 2020

What to Wear for a 1940s Party?

What to Wear for a 1940s PartyThe time of the 1940s was the time of extreme elegance combined with style and perfection. During this time, people were giving special attention to their looks and strived for perfection in every aspect of fashion hence, the beauty and marvelous looks of the people we see today and can’t stop admiring. Following the style of amazing people of that time and copying their fashion statements can be challenging if you don’t have appropriate accessories. And, if you are going to a 1940s party, it is important that you put on all the right things and win the spotlight. Below, there is a list of all the things that you should wear for a 1940s party.

Learn about 40s women’s fashion here.

 

1. 1940S VINTAGE GOLDEN BOW BODYCON DRESS

What to Wear for a 1940s Party

Going to an amazing 1940s themed party is no less than a magical dream come true, however, looking for a 40s style dress to wear to that party can be tough. In situations like these when you can’t decide what to wear, opt for this majestic 1940s vintage golden bow bodycon dress and stun everyone around you. This is a perfect dress with just the right amount of elegance and style and can make you stand out of the crowd in an instant. Put on your high heels and a hat to add perfection.

 

2. 1940S VINTAGE RED WRAP DRESS

1940s women's clothing

If you are looking for extreme style in a dress but, at the same time, something that is not too much, your search can take a long time. So, to avoid the part where you need to search for the ideal dress, for a stunning look that speaks glamour with every step you take, you should go for this majestic 1940s vintage red wrap dress. The wonderful red color of this dress adds extra perfection to your look and the bow tie at the waist gives your body a beautifully flattering shape. With this dress, you can wear some sparkly jewelry and woo the audience at the 1940s party.

 

3. 1940S RETRO STYLE SHORT SLEEVE FORMAL MERMAID DRESS

1940s women's clothing

There is no dress like a mermaid dress for a 1940s party. If you want to look fabulous and can’t handle the stress of wearing a heavy dress, then you need to wear this 40s retro style short sleeve formal mermaid dress. The button detailing on the short sleeves, the bow detailing on the neckline, and the buckle detailing on the waist are the components that add luxury to this dress. With this dress, wear your favorite heels and you are good to go.

 

4. 1940S WHITE FASCINATOR HAT WITH BIG BOWKNOT

1940s women's clothing

For the fashion of the 1940s, after beautiful dresses, what comes immediately next are the marvelous hats with beautiful designs and net detailing. These hats are an important part of a 1940s party and your look is considered incomplete if you are not wearing one (some might even frown) so, you better get your hands on one of these before the party starts! With the hat, wear your pearl earrings to complete your look and add style to your overall attire.

 

5. 1940S CORAL HIGH HEELED PUMPS

What to Wear for a 1940s Party

You are not ready for a 1940s party if you don’t own a pair of high heeled pumps. Wearing the right dress, the perfect hat, and the statement jewelry won’t do you any good until and unless you are wearing the appropriate shoes. For a 1940s party, opt for these 1940s coral high heeled pumps party shoes. The little bows adorning the high heeled pumps add perfection to their style and your look on the whole.

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15 mai 2020

1920s Formal Dress

Formal wear has always been a staple in mainstream fashion trends. However, formal wear for women became much more pronounced during the 1920s. Since the 1920s was the era of music, parties, and bold fashion statements, formal dresses were really popular.

Learn about 1920s women’s fashion here.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF FORMAL WEAR IN THE 1920S

1920s Formal Dress

For women, formal dresses were of immense importance. Firstly, it was a style statement and women who wanted to wear the latest and most fashionable clothes often bought lots of different kinds of formal wear.

The latest formal wear was also usually very expensive, so it was also a symbol of high-class. The more expensive dresses you had, the richer everyone thought you were. Being perceived as rich and influential was a priority for many women, which is why they chose to spend a considerable amount of money buying pretty dresses for all kinds of formal occasions.

The importance of formal dresses in the 1920s is also linked to the history of formal wear and how it evolved from Victorian times. People had a very different idea about what constitutes formal during the Victorian Era, and women preferred longer, more modest clothes. However, a wave of new fashion in the 1920s completely changed ideas about how formal dresses for women should look like.

 

POPULAR COLORS FOR FORMAL DRESSING IN THE 1920S

1920s women’s fashion

If you’re very particular about the colors you choose for your clothes, you’re going to relate to the women in the 1920s. Women chose bold and bright colors like Gold and different shades of Silvers. These colors were eye-catching and glamorous. Other popular colors included white and pastel colors like light pinks and blues. Creamy color combinations were also popular, and women loved wearing soft colors at formal events because it screamed elegance and beauty. Also, because of Coco Chanel, black dresses became associated with formal wear and was not just limited to mourning. All these different, popular dress color choices for formal dresses had their unique significance for women in the 1920s.

 

DIFFERENT STYLES OF FORMAL DRESSES FOR WOMEN IN THE 1920S

1. Cocktail dresses

1920s women’s fashion

Cocktail dresses were extremely popular in the 1920s. Women would go out at night wearing these at parties, formal events, and even clubs. The Cocktail dress had a beautiful and unique design. It was a loosely fitted dress with a dropped waist and a square, straight-cut structure. It usually reached the woman’s knee. However, some women liked to increase the length of their dress to make it more modest and socially acceptable at formal gatherings.

2. Low-waist dresses

1920s women’s fashion

Different kinds of dresses with low waists were also very common. These dresses were also usually very loose. Dresses with low-waists were extremely comfortable for dancing and moving around. Women would usually wear these dresses to formal gatherings because they were a sign of the affluent and fashionable sector of society. The dropped waistline in these dresses would usually go below the lady’s hip. This waistline was usually decorated with either beads or sequins to make it look more pronounced and enhance the beauty of the dress.

3. Beaded dresses

1920s Formal Dress

Women in the 1920s loved beaded dresses. These dresses were intricate, and because of this, they were also difficult to make. Due to the difficulty and the handwork that would often go into these dresses, they were usually expensive. In spite of this, beaded dresses were a popular choice for women who wanted to attend formal gatherings looking graceful and attractive. Beaded dresses were also liked by women who did not enjoy a lot of sparkle in their clothes.

4. Velvet, Chiffon, and Silk dresses

1920s Formal Dress

Velvet, Chiffon, and Silk are the three most popular materials out of which popular formal dresses for women were made. These materials were not only extremely expensive but also were difficult to obtain because of their high demand. Despite this, women loved to buy these luxurious materials and make dresses out of them. Not only this, dresses made out of Velvet, Silk, and Chiffon was extremely comfortable and also kept the person adequately warm during the winter season.

5. Egyptian dresses

1920s women’s fashion

Egyptian dresses were also the absolute rage during the 1920s. Women loved incorporating clever Egyptian imagery and styles into their formal dresses. This included images of Egyptian gods and artifacts printed on dresses and shirts. This formal dress style became popular after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. The West felt that the Egyptian designs were beautiful and exotic. This is why the rich, influential, and educated in the West wanted to wear these designs as a symbol of their status in society.

6. Sequined dresses

1920s women’s fashion

Dresses with beautiful sequins were also fairly popular during the 1920s. Women would wear dresses that were full of sparkly sequins and beads. These sequins would often be accompanied by low-waistlines. The idea of putting sequins on lower waistlines was to accentuate their beauty and make the dress look even more gorgeous. Sequined dresses were also difficult to make. Due to this, they were often extremely expensive. But affluent women who could afford these dresses would still go and buy them.

 

WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO INVEST IN FORMAL WEAR

Since formal wear will always be relevant and fashionable, it is wise to buy some nice formal dresses for yourself once in a while. Even though 1920s formal dresses would look amazing if women wore them today, formal wear has greatly changed over the years. The classic dress with the loose dropped waist and the flat bust would not be considered formal wear in today’s time. However, there are many formal dressing options available in markets today, and you can easily choose the ones that make you look elegant and beautiful.

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14 mai 2020

1920s Accessories

1920s Accessories Fashion

The 1920s was known for one of the most revolutionary fashion accessories, which we follow to date! These great Gatsby themed accessories were statement pieces that incorporated different materials and beaded work to make pieces of art!

Let’s find out a little more about the popular 1920’s Fashion accessories! Learn about roaring 20s fashion here.

 

1920s Jewelry

1920s Accessories Fashion

1920s jewelry is one of the most iconic we have seen in decades. It showcases many different materials, where metal jewelry, as well as ribbons, were popularly used in the statement pieces women wore. Many intricate jeweled necklaces were seen on women, which would look gorgeous on plunging necklines and off the shoulder blouses and dresses. There were two types of necklaces with a choker like design being in trend as well that usually were satin or velvet ribbons.

In addition, this was an era where geometric designs were introduced in bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. People loved funky combinations of white, black, and gold. It complimented colorful dresses as well as pastel and lighter shades of clothing. Not only that! There was also buzz about classic pearl accessories with a matching set of pearl earrings, necklaces as well as bracelets that would brighten up the entire look. Women were more into drop earrings in this era as compared to studs. Fashionable stones, zircons, and metallic carvings we famous! They gave a classy and elegant look to the attire. Teenagers and young women also wore a lot of brightly colored bangles, and they often had plastic trinkets attached, which added to the quirky accessory even more.

 

The Gorgeous Hats

1920s Accessories Fashion

Hats and hair accessories were a popular thing during this era. The movies depict 1920’s women with gorgeous shorter hats in various colors, and that wasn’t far from the truth. The 1920s really was an iconic time for headpieces, turbans, and hats. The cloche was definitely one of the more popular styles. It is a round hat that came in different colors, further fashioned with a net, cute bows, or even floral patterns. The cloche has a narrow brim as compared to other types of hats. This is what sets it apart from other kinds of headpieces. Besides, there were other popular styles like buckets, berets, and straw hats that women wore on different occasions. For example, straw hats were more popular for outdoor daytime events.

 

1920s Popular Turbans

1920s Accessories Fashion

Turbans were seen on women in the 1920’s quite often! These were iconic fashion statements. If you are not familiar with the idea of turbans, then it is a simple, quiet one. Turbans consist of a piece of fabric wrapped around the head. Many women chose different satin, silk, cotton, and chiffon fabrics to fashion themselves a turban. It is a great way of not having to make hair-dos and look on-trend at the same time. The turbans often matched the dress in color as well as material, to look as if it were an extension of it rather than an additional accessory. Many women rocked the look for years! It was a staple for many women- and gave them the Gatsby themed look!

 

Headbands And Hair Accessories

1920s Accessories Fashion

Another popular accessory that women wore at the time were headbands. These bands had beadwork and feathers on it which made them something right out a movie. Women with longer and shorter hair wore these bands, which looked grand! Another popular hair accessory was the gem tiaras and headpiece. Accessories could not get more Gatsby-themed than this!

 

1920s Evening Bags

1920s Accessories Fashion

The 1920s is a time when statement handbags really took off. By statement bags, we mean that these bags were smaller in size and were entirely made with bead-work, precious stones, and were pieces of art you carried in your hands. These bags also had a fringe style that became quite popular during the time. Fringes were often made with cloth, mostly satin or velvet, or perhaps be made with beaded work.

Different tribal patterns also became popular during this time, with Asian handwork shown on bags with pops of color. Apart from that, pearl statement bags were also a fan-favorite. These bags had shorter metal handles, similar to a cuff or a single gold chain — all styles which looked classy and bold with the different dresses in style at the time.

 

1920s Shrugs

1920s Accessories Fashion

The 1920s is the era when off-shoulder dresses and tops were very recently in fashion. However, at parties, women required wraps or shrugs to throw over their shoulders to keep them warm throughout the night. Wraps were made of different materials. Many women preferred wraps made with animal fur- though such wraps would not be popular in modern times due to animal rights activism. However, there were many other popular materials like silk, satin, crepe, crushed silk, and cotton. The wraps would either be plain or would have gorgeous patterns with a fringe lining. The shrugs would also showcase Asian patterns with hand-beaded work to given a tribal look. Many women were seen carrying shrugs to parties and chilly night out- which made them a statement item in the 1920s.

 

Stocking was a Classic

1920s Accessories Fashion

Stocking is not a very recent creation. Black and nude stocking have been around far too long! People wore dark or black stockings, which were a bold fashion accessory, after which nude or skin-colored stockings became popular. Even silk stocking was a popular material back then. It had different gorgeous patterns on them with geometric designs as well as Asian dragons or butterflies. Apart from nude and black- this the era when pastel colors were popular as well. This is when pastel pink, blue, green, silver, or white stockings. Women often rolled down their stockings right below the knee, to show rebellious behavior.

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13 mai 2020

How to Make a Gatsby 1920s Headband

Gatsby’s headbands were a common fashion accessory in the 1920s. The name comes from the novel “The Great Gatsby” by an American author F. Scott Fitzgerald which was published in 1925. Gatsby style headbands were an important part of 1920s flapper fashion. Flappers were the young ladies of the 1920s who were considered the flag bearers of Roaring 20s; the era of cultural progress.

In 2013 the novel of Fitzgerald was filmed and the lead female character Daisy Buchanan was shown wearing a flapper headband according to the 1920s women’s fashion. Such headbands then again became popular with the name Gatsby’s headbands.

Simple Gatsby’s headbands often include a band that wraps around the head with a feather on one side. The fancier ones often replace feathers with beaded applique and a brooch. In the 20s these headbands were worn with flappers’ inspired below knee length dresses, t-strap heels, and long pearl necklaces. Gatsby beaded cap also called skull cap is also a similar hair accessory but is not loved as much as headbands.

 

DIY GATSBY HEADBAND

Gatsby’s headband is a simple and beautiful accessory. It can be made by oneself with very few supplies. If you want to make one by yourself to recreate that Gatsby style, follow the following simple instructions.

Make a Simple Feathered Gatsby Headband

How to make a Gatsby 1920s headband

To make a simple Gatsby headband; you will need the following supplies:

1) An elastic band of your choice
2) Fabric glue
3) Thread and needle
4) An ostrich or peacock feather of 4-5”
5) A piece of applique (optional)

 

Instructions:
Sew the ends of the elastic band. Glue the feather on one side of the band which will come above your temple. Sew the applique above the feather on the headband.

Create a Fancy Sparkly Headband

How to make a Gatsby 1920s headband

To make a fancier headband that can add glow and sparkle in your overall makeover; you will need the following:

1) A beaded applique
2) A crystal/pearl studded brooch
3) Fancy elastic band/ plastic or metal hair ring
4) Needle thread and fabric glue
5) Glitter glue (optional)

Take a feather-shaped beaded applique to replace the feather. A crystal-studded decorative brooch can be added for more glow. You can make this with a decorative elastic band or can simply take a plastic or metal hair ring and cover the hairband with glitter glue.

Gatsby’s headbands are an elegant way of adding oomph to your overall look. They are particularly worn when recreating flappers’ look for 1920’s fashion-themed parties. These bands are usually worn over the 20s inspired bobbed haircut but women are now wearing it on long hair as they look great with any hair length.

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12 mai 2020

1950s Dress with Petticoat (Why do Many People Like to Wear this Way?)

The 1950s was the era of true fashion, and it was the time when people went out to shop and got “ready to wear” dresses. It was the time when fashion took a life of its own. It was the time when mid-calf length frock and pencil skirts were in. These were usually paired with accessories as well as short gloves. For formal events, long length dresses were used.

One of the most prominent parts of the 50’s dress was the petticoat that was worn underneath. No dress was complete without it. Take off the upper half of the dress you and you are left with the puffed-up bottom. These petty coats were layered with a starched net to make it gather volume. The best part is that these were easily worn under a pleated or gathered skirt. The main reason people preferred these petticoats were as they added fullness to their dress. Most of the time, these petticoats and the skirts over them were accompanied by a wide belt that gave it even more personality.

The 1950s women’s fashion was full of the paper-doll look, and this wasn’t possible without the layered petticoat. It was impossible to create that look with felt, cotton, or lace slips. To get the Victorian volume for the polka dot dress that was created with at least 5 yards of cloth, 5 net rings or can-cans were needed underneath the petticoat. These 5 layers of net meant 100 yards of cloth, you may think that’s too much, but it was the fashion back then.

1950s Women's Fashion

People prefer these net petticoats to go with their 50’s dresses as they are easy to carry, easy to wear and pretty easy to create. In the ’50s, not only the fashion was talked about there were numerous tips to keep the skirts and net layers stiff and tough.

Pressing the damp net petticoat was the most common and easy way of keeping it stiff. You can also use ironing wax to give it the perfect stiffness. These petticoats were the most famous bit of the 1950s and even in 2019 when people want to revive the theme of 50’s thick and voluminous can-can layers are the first thing people think about.

All in all, to create the perfect look for the 50’s it’s important that you don’t ignore the layering of the petticoat underneath your skirt of the dress. It’s the only thing that will give your frock the perfect twirl.

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09 mai 2020

What is a Tea Dress? When Should I Wear It?

Tea dress was the home dress that women in the 40s used to wear around the house. This dress can be characterized as a loose-lined unstructured silhouette that was easy and comfortable to wear. Back in the 40s women started wearing it as a light dress that gave them breathing space.

But, now it has been redesigned to suit every occasion and body type. Also, it has now become more versatile. Basically, it is a dress with light fabric and bright prints that comes in lively colors and different patterns. It is usually worn in summers and spring season. It runs till your knees and often comes with a hemline.

Learn about 40s women’s fashion and 40s style dresses here.

 

REDESIGNING OF TEA DRESSES

Tea Dress

Today tea dresses come with a very soft fabric and different lengths. You can find it in different hem lengths, styles and designs. Cap sleeves with a slit or spaghetti straps with a full skirt are some the of the modified forms of tea dresses.

In early 40s, these tea dresses were right above the ankles so that they covered the knees entirely but now the recent modifications have made them a bit shorter. They are almost 4 inches above the ankle giving it a more modern-era look. This redesigning of tea dresses has opened new doors of opportunities for our fashionistas.

 

WHEN TO WEAR TEA DRESSES

Tea Dress

One of the best things about tea dresses is the versatility. The versatility of tea dresses is what makes them stand out from the rest, as women from all age groups can wear them. They are perfect for formal as well as informal wear. Tea dresses can be worn to events like weddings, proms, parties and other similar occasions owing to the different styles you find in them.

Have you ever come across a clip from a Hollywood movie, where the girl wore it to a beautiful day out with her husband? Yes, these tea dresses started gaining popularity as the perfect attire for going on a picnic. Even in the modern day, they are worn during the day times because of their light colors. They give you a very vibrant appearance.

 

OCCASIONAL TEA DRESSES

Tea Dress

Tea dresses look super simple and edgy at same time, they can be a woman’s best friend. If you’re looking to upgrade your wardrobe in a trendy manner, here’s how you can pick out the best ones;

Mini tea dresses are your go-to attire for fun and casual days like going to the beach or walking around in market. Wear them with flat sandals and see how cool it looks.

Midi length tea dresses can be used for official purposes, you can also add a little spice by putting a blazer on top of it or leather jacket that would turn up the heat on the dress. These are perfect for a night out with your friends as well.

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08 mai 2020

Guide to 1960s Vintage Dresses and Boots

1960s was an era for the young. Gone were the days were elegant clothing were in style, gone were the days where high heels and immaculate suits and shirts were popular. Now in this vintage fashion era, everything was about fun. Bold colors, patterns and designs were chosen at one’s leisure. Street fashion became more popular than couture fashion. Everything was about being comfortable yet stylish. To achieve this look, here is a guide that can give you that chic style that is oh-so favored!

1. SWING DRESSES

1960s party dress

These dresses had a tight bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a flowy skirt ending just above the knees. They were mostly part of the day-to-day informal dressing. They came in various big patterns and bold colors. After the end of the restriction era, also known as the 50s, were the meter of the clothing was confined, dresses changed from tight and slim fitting to flowy and loose.

2. JUMPSUITS

1960s jumpsuit

These jumpsuits highlighted an individual’s youthful and playful side. Made to comfort, with large bows and big collars made an individual not only comfortable but also look chic. These jumpsuits could be seen paired with large hats and sunglasses to complete the look. This type of vintage dressing made the women look younger playful and innocent, which is what the people in this era perfected.

3. TIE-DYED SHIRTS

Hippies fashion

Made popular by hippies, who were protesting Vietnam War, wore psychedelic designed shirts with lots of vibrant colors to represent peace and harmony and to represent rights for the Vietnam fighters. These designs were later adapted by many others and still remain in high fashion today.

4. COLORED TIGHTS

Colored Tights

The bold and loud prints did not only cater to tops, but they were also often seen in the form of tights. 1960s can also be referred to as an era that loved color. The main palette was no longer pastels or light shades, but was bright and vivid colors throughout. Channel your inner Emilia Clarke and you could fit right in this vintage fashion era.

5. GLOVES

1960s fashion

These became part of the daily wear. Anything and everything could be paired with a set of white gloves and that would turn the dress formal on any occasion. White gloves became a fashion statement so much so that every other individual was seen pairing it every outfit. These sleek gloves were seen worn by many fashion icons of the time such as the first lady of United States of America, Jackie Kennedy.

6. GO-GO BOOTS

Nancy Sinatra, 1966

Boots, until redesigned became too old fashioned for many. They became a fashion ‘repellent’. Women often wore open-toed shoes even in winters, freezing their feet. However, Go-Go boots became a popular choice. The iconic white, short heeled below the knee boots, were all that everyone wore. These classics were made of shiny material that looked neat and clean from even miles away. As the popularity grew, many more designs such knee-high with kitten heels were also seen available in the market. Paired with miniskirts and dresses, they were seen worn by many if not all individuals.

7. CUISSARDE BOOTS

1960s boots

These were an extreme version of the Go-Go boots. Ending up above the knees, these boots were high fashion, made of all leather. Eighteenth Century soldiers who wore long boots to prevent leg injuries during battle inspired the design. Powerful was the adjective attached to these and subsequently, the adjective was attached to the women who wore them as well. This was the first time, where women were regarded as strong.

8. BOOTIES

Booties

Boots that were shorter and comfortable than Go-Go boots were in demand, and so booties came into fashion in this vintage era. These booties essentially provided the same function as long boots- keeping the feet warm- they were easier to wear. All it took was to slide your foot in. They had pointy toes and were short to no heels with buckles or bows on top. They were not heavy or bulky, neither did they show fur lining on the top, which was previously in fashion. These looked like spring boots, light and casual. Even in today’s fashion, many individuals favor booties over boots. Pair them miniskirts or short dresses and you are ready for the day!

1960s vintage dressing era exuded style with comfort. This era transformed the way people saw fashion, returning from couture to street, it was made popular by the common people and not some high fashion designers. Bold colors and psychedelic designs were seen in style. Boots were worn for comfort and style, pairing them with large sunglasses and sun hats. Often styled with swing dresses, and jump dresses. As the era was all about easement, boots were often low heeled or often than not, flats. Dresses were flowy and not cinched to the waist.

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07 mai 2020

How To Style a 1940s Look

How To Style a 1940s LookIf you want to style a perfect retro look in an upcoming vintage-themed party and you are confused about which look to carry, then you absolutely don’t have to worry as the best way to slay in such an event is to go for 40s vintage look. Learn about 40s women’s fashion here.

Since the decade of the 40s is a combination of functionality, practicality as well as gracefulness, the dress code of 40s has special importance in history. But to recreate a 40s look, first of all, you have to look into the past and choose the look as this decade has many options to offer.

As the decade of the 1940s began with the outbreak of World War II, the fashion statement took a huge turn. The flowing dresses of the 30s were replaced by tighter dressing preferences.

As someone said:

“Don’t change to fit the fashion, rather change the fashion to fit you”

Therefore, fashion was changed to fit the need of people and became straighter and tighter to offer ease in carrying the dresses. The designers made dresses with less fabric by shortening hemlines to economize the clothing and designed a more practical line of clothing that was largely accepted by masses.

The clothing came with more simple and classic designs, necklines were kept modest, fitted suits and pants were introduced, knee-length dresses were accepted, embellishments became frivolous and Peter Pan collars became quintessential elements of 1940s style.

 

1940S FASHION TRENDS

How To Style a 1940s Look

40s style was all about an hourglass figure with masculine detailing rather than 30s flowing and S-shaped corset look. Padded shoulders were introduced, A-line knee length skirts having polka dots, plaid or floral patterns were in huge demand, and wide leg high-waisted pants made its way in feminine wardrobes, which were only male dressing elements before.

The accessories became lighter in material but appealing in colors and makeup became more natural and subtle with bright-red lips to depict a cheerful face during difficult wartime. Hats, gloves, snood, headscarves, handbags, and flower clips were a mandatory part of women attire.

 

MAJOR CLOTHING LOOKS OF THE 40S

1. Wide leg pants

How To Style a 1940s Look

Until the late 30s, pants were a masculine dressing element. But as the decade started with a terrible war, pants were largely accepted by women as practical wear. They were high-waisted and wide-legged. The fabric used in its making was either cotton or denim. They were mostly worn during work hours by women, but later it became a part of their casual life.

 

 

2. A-line knee length skirts

How To Style a 1940s Look

Due to the cloth rationing in the 40s, the size of women’s dresses was reduced in size to overcome the shortage of fabric and became famous as the 40s style. Two piece suits for women were introduced which were known as Utility or victory suits. Sometimes, women also paired their two piece suits with a matching jacket to look more graceful.

The shape of the suit skirts was not pencil-shaped, rather they were made as A-line shape to make them comfortable and easy to carry. A-line skirts were flared up from thigh to knee. Most of the suits were designed with plaids, stripes, polka dots and floral patterns.

 

3. Dungarees and siren suits

How To Style a 1940s Look

They were specially designed in the early 40s because of the ongoing war. Siren suits were similar to the jumpsuit and were designed to be loose-fitted. They were designed in this way so that it could fit over nightgown in case there was an emergency and one had to dress up in haste.

It was stitched with large pockets so that in the need of the hour, women could stuff them up with important items without the need for a handbag. Hoodies were also stitched with it to keep the head warm.

 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

We have looked into the vintage 40s style in very details to find the right retro look for you. Now it’s up to you which style do you want to recreate. All the options of 40s clothing bring along a whole lot of glamour with them. So, just carry the look and SLAY it!! And don’t forget to wear hot red lipstick with it to steal the show!

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