Everyday Styles of Women in the 1940s

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While it’s so much fun to oooh and aaah over 1940s fashion magazine editorials and Hollywood starlets dressed to the nines, I mostly prefer seeing how the everyday woman actually dressed. Here are some images I sourced from the wonderful Tumblr 1940 to 1949, you must go visit after you’ve read this post to see more fashions from the 1940s!

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I really adore the dresses the three gals are wearing, I could easily see myself wearing any of these. Also this truck is awesome, I know my husband would really love it!

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I love these three! When the weather cools off again, I’ll be quite ready to wear scarves around my head again!

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I pretty much want to be friends with these last two gals solely based on their outfits and what they’re currently doing (holding a kitty, reading a book in the park). *hehe*

All images via 1940to1949.tumblr.com

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1939 Vintage Beach Fashion from Women’s Weekly Australia

Oh my goodness! You guys! Pinterest has struck again and I just came across these wonderful summer and beach fashions from 1939! The late 1930s is one of my favorite periods for vintage fashion, so what a treat to find an entire archive of Australia’s Women’s Weekly magazine online! (link below)

Vintage Summer and Beach Fashion from 1939

These “Prints from Polynesia” are just gorgeous! I love the red and blue “Oui-Oui Shells” two piece ensemble! I would wear this look in a heartbeat. The white linen print two halter and skirt outfit is also wonderful! Here are a bunch more beach and summer fashions from the late 30s!

Vintage Summer and Beach Fashion from 1939
Vintage Summer and Beach Fashion from 1939

The red off shoulder bathing suit is my favorite from this page. Seems really fancy for the beach and to go swimming in…although, I’m not much of a swim in the ocean kind of girl. I’m definitely more of a lounger on a beach blanket with giant sunglasses, an umbrella, and 100 SPF sunblock!

All images from: Women’s Weekly Australia Archives and can be found more on Pinterest, here, here, and here

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On the Set: Mid 1920s Fashion on Downton Abbey

I am (finally) watching the final season of Downton Abbey! I always have a hard time accepting that certain things I love are coming to an end. The final season of Downton Abbey has some drool worthy 1920s era clothing. (Every season has had such gorgeous costumes though!) I thought I would start documenting them on the blog since the show has ended and it will be a lovely way for me (and maybe for you) to revisit the Crawleys and all the wonderful characters at Downton. These particular screen caps are from Season 6, Episode 1.

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

The costume designer, Anna May Scott Robbins, has really done such an impeccable job on the wardrobe. In every episode my eyes always light up seeing certain fabrics, embroidery details, a little necklace, a small brooch… the attention to detail! Praises and praises to Anna and the wardrobe team!

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

In this shot we see the full outfit Edith wears and a back view of the stunning embroidered silk jacket Cora, the Countess of Grantham, is wearing. I love the matching pale green drop earrings and long bead necklace Edith is wearing! The shot below we get so see the beautiful embroidery detail on the sheer sleeves of the dress Edith wears and the charming pockets and the gold belt buckle! I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat!

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion
Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion
Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion
Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

The two outfits above are only seen for a few seconds and I couldn’t really get a good capture of it. There’s also a beautiful wine colored coat Mary wears briefly with the silk 1920s dress below that I couldn’t get a good picture of either.

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Downton Abbey | Season 6 | Mid 1920s Fashion

Oh goodness! There are so many outfits and these mostly just of the Crawley women! Can you imagine what a treat it must be to work in the wardrobe department? I didn’t even screen cap every outfit! It’s really hard to screen cap the clothing when the actors are moving. No matter what, the images are always a bit blurry.

Anyhow, I hope you guys are enjoying my On The Set series! Eventually, once I have enough on the roster I’ll do a themed post like “Lady Mary’s Silk Kimonos”

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*disclaimer* / I am sharing these screen caps because I am a big fan of Downton Abbey and appreciate the enormous effort that the wardrobe department goes through not only for aesthetics but for date accuracy. My hope is to learn more about Edwardian/1920s fashion. So, these posts are in some parts me being a fan girl, but in other ways for research.

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Vintage Shop Update | Storybook Touch

I’ve been on a vintage shop update roll! It has actually been a personal goal of mine to get 200 (or slightly more than that) new arrivals in the shop this month and so far I’m at 80+. I’ve been regularly adding a lot of vintage accessories and vintage jewelry lately as I have quite a lot of these things, but I oddly enough don’t add them to the shop too often! And so… I am working on remedying this!

Vintage Shop Arrivals | Storybook Touch

I haven’t done a themed shop update in awhile, so I decided to do one today. Here are the shop links! The stockings are a rare find from the 1940s by Beautiful Bryans Hosiery and in the 40s, Salvador Dali did the ad campaign! Isn’t that amazing?

  1. vintage 1950s celery green pleated nylon blouse
  2. vintage 1990s romantic battenburg lace duster jacket
  3. vintage 1950s cream cardigan with pastel floral beading
  4. vintage 1950s pale pink velvet flocked floral skirt
  5. antique 1910s crochet yoke drawstring camisole top
  6. vintage 1940s peach stitched brassiere
  7. vintage 1940s ivory silk lace trimmed tap shorts
  8. vintage 1940s Bryans black footed seamed nylon stockings
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Vintage Victoria Magazine | On A Gilded Afternoon

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit now, it will not be new news to you that I adore Victoria magazine. Vintage Victoria magazine when the magazine was under the leadership of Nancy Lindemeyer. The two issues I am featuring are two vintage July issues.

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

The July 1990 Victoria issue is one of my favorites! This issue has so many beautiful things to look at and it features an editorial about the Art Deco Society in California hosting their 1920s event, “A Gatsby Summer Affair” which is still running! Gatsby Summer Afternoon is hosted every year, and this year is the 32nd year the party has been raging on.

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

Last year, my friends and I attended the New Deal Weekend hosted by Julie of Fab Gabs Vintage and we had such enormous fun! This year the party is being hosted in Seattle which I am so sad to be missing. Perhaps next year! You can see our photos from last year’s event in this blog post: 1920s & 1930s Prohibition Picnic at Historic Overlook House

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

Vintage Victoria Magazine | July 1990 and July 1993

The other July issue featured is July 1993. I’ll say it isn’t one of my favorite issues since there aren’t a lot of fashions in it. But there is a wonderful feature on Margaret Howell (photo above) and the style and branding looks slightly different than the current look. I love seeing how brands grow and change.

Now, I know it’s from the 1990s… but you cannot deny how absolutely beautiful this magazine is!

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