The early 1940s (and the late 1930s) are some of my favorite periods for fashion. I love seeing fancy vintage evening and formalwear but really, my heart really goes pitter patter seeing what women wore to go about their daily lives. These wonderful images are from The Australian Womens Weekly magazine.
What I adore about these styles is that this is what women wore to do their chores! Nowadays we mostly just go about our day looking like slobs, especially if it’s a day of gardening, laundry, or other things where we have to get our hands dirty.
Even when doing these things, I try to “dress up” a little. Usually by wearing a cotton shirt dress or a vintage cotton skirt and a t-shirt with the sleeves rolled up. I really ought to incorporate the scarf around my hair though!
Image credits: Women’s Weekly Australia (1942)
While I am working (especially when editing vintage product photos) I like to watch a lot of movies and tv shows. I have a particular fondness for British period shows because I like the story lines and the vintage clothes and period costumes. I was quite delighted when I came across Home Fires, a pre World War 2 period drama set in the English countryside. This period of clothing is one of my favorites and this show has so many ensembles that cause me to salivate.
There are so many beautiful late 30s jersey rayon floral prints, knits and cardigans in muted tones, smart little tweedy jackets and suits… oh I adore it all so much!
I also really love the theme song composed by Samuel Sim! Have a listen here: Home Fires Theme Song
Not only do I love the clothing (and the hairstyles), there are so many scenes I wish I could jump into! Also, this show has me craving to visit the English countryside something awful… maybe in a couple of years… or next Spring? Hmmm…
These screencaptures are from Season 1, Episode 1 which is the year 1939.