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Classic 1940s Fashion Trends
This is it, ladies! Classic vintage clothing of the forties is taking the fashion industry by storm. Shoulder pads are in and so is long hair, frothy skirts and suites with dramatic makeup! Attract attention to your face with a colorful lipstick and hair by wearing your locks loose or bound.
You Must Chuck Your Skimpy Clothes
Chuck your miniskirts, halter tops and bikinis and skimpy clothes aside. These won’t do any longer, because now wearing more clothing is the movement. Even bikinis are fuller and cover more! Set out to recreate the chic styles of the late Rita Hayworth, Ingrid Bergman and Ann Sheridan. They were the fashion icons, then and today modest women desire to emulate them.
Rita Hayworth's Flair
Rita Hayworth loved to put on sexy cocktail vintage evening dresses that were timeless, classy and attention catching. She wore boat collar dresses, and strapless ball gowns with long gloves that reached upward to her shoulders. Her robes were decorated in selective placed jewel, sparkles, lace and embellishment. She wouldn’t reveal her cleavage either. She was viewed as the best dressed young woman in Hollywood. Today, her clothing style can be found in upscale boutiques. You can wear her modish style for grand galas, proms and holiday parties.
Ingrid Bergman's Influence
Ingrid Bergman was known for her innate beauty and she was the most impressive in the 1940s. She mostly wore mid-skirt suits with wide, brimming hats or fedoras and at times had a striped look. Her khaki blazers and trench coats were superb along with her white collar button down blouses. Today, her style can easily be worn to an office setting.
Fire Hair Was Unique in the 40s
Ann Sheridan loved to wear celebrated artist’s Travilla clothing style sketches of woman, her personal couturier. She had wide shoulders, a tiny waist and slim hips. I imagine her broad shoulders stemmed from the shoulder pads incorporated in her frocks. Her fiery red hair drew much attention and she wore it with clout. No one could contend with her matchless beauty. Today, suits and dresses are stuffed with attractive shoulder pads to complete the outfit. You’ll appear refined and put together in this type of manner.
The Craze of the 1940's Vintage Style
Mid-length dresses and skirts of solid colors, along with small hats are the new fad. This 1940s style is perfect for an office setting. The color combination of your garments is the key to making you look sensational. You can wear dark colored skirts with light colored blouses, and checkered prints with solid bottoms or dresses below the knee with closed shoes. Remember, to add a chic flare by wearing a jacket or sweater that has shoulder pads as well. Certainly, you’ll look well put together.
In the forties, the substance of bust size and waist is also emphasized. Nowadays, you are not required to possess an hourglass shape, however, dressing in a classic style will convey out your posture. If you have large breasts, create a chic silhouette by wearing a pencil skirt with pumps or a peplum dress. If they are less than average, wear a full skirt instead to draw attention to your hips.
Remember to match your garments to a hat to add a modish touch. If you don’t have a hat, a scarf will do. You can wrap your corresponding scarf around your head or wear it loose on your shoulders. The choice is entirely up to you!
Mix and Match Clothes with Colorful Blouses
Mix and match certain key clothes with colorful blouses and jackets. Combining a variety of floral prints is tacky; therefore you should be diligent when adding such. And so are the textures that contain pictures of certain words. This style was reminiscent of the 1960s hippies’ movement and it holds no place in the chic, vintage style of today. Add some stockings and wedged shoes to your pristine style and voila, you’re good to go. You need not have a glut of dressy garments either, a few traditional pieces will do. Surely, this won’t break your budget. You can also choose to shop in upscale thrift stores to save money.
Framed glasses are also up-to-the-minute, so don’t forget to wear your sunglasses. They camouflage your visage and add a fine touch of forties classic style.
Vintage Dresses of the Forties
In the midst of searching for classic vintage fashion, I came across this fabulous video. It depicts a glamorous fashion show, where ladies are decked in long flowing dresses. Each style is unique and perfect for a special night out. The beautiful models put on an elegant show that is also highly entertaining, not the usual run of the mill fashion show.
Vintage Gown Show
Today's Top Vintage Designers
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