Modern 1940s style



Modern 1940’s style is my interpretation of 40s fashion. If I could turn back “fashion” time, I would go back to the 40s because I have always loved this style, especially as it relates to the cut of common dresses.




My favorite blog about vintage style is Vintage Dancer, where I found the best and the broadest description of 1940s fashion history, so below, I quote a few extracts about 1940s fashion.



What was the 1940s fashion?


“In a nut shell, 1940’s women’s fashion was about creating a certain silhouette: wide padded shoulders, nipped in high waist tops, and A-line skirts that came down to the knee. This was the everyday shape for clothing, from suits to dresses. Even pants had a similar shape. 1940’s fashions were all about the hour glass figure with broad shoulders, tiny waists and full hips. If you were not naturally an hour glass shape, the clothes were designed to help you achieve the look.”


Day dresses


“With the start of the war and strict rationing of fabric, dresses in the 1940’s became shorter. Whereas the 1930’s featured dresses down to mid-calf, the 1940’s brought them up to knee length. The war also affected the top of the dress.”


The neckline of the 1940’s came in a variety of cut outs. They could be square, slit, sweetheart, keyhole, shirred, cross front (wrap), or V with shirtwaist (button down) tops. There was no cleavage! All dress top designs revealed very little skin, compared to today’s fashion.”


Belts were included with almost all dresses. They were usually self-fabric belts that matched the dress material. An alternative was thin leather belts, sash bow ties, or buttons. Nearly all dresses had belts. This was the one feature that gave a dress some hourglass shape and women some of their feminine beauty back.”


“A common house dress or working woman’s uniform dress was the cross-front or wrap dress. Fabric would drape from one side to the other and tie in a bow at the front or back. Some wrap fronts were top only styles, while others were full length.”




“Women’s 1940s coats, are both practical and beautiful! Most coats were made from wool and rayon-wool blends, many re-purposed wool from used coats and wool blankets.”


The most popular coats were box shaped coats or slightly more fitted wool trenches.

“Some coats were slightly more fitted through the waist and flared out slightly from there. It usually had one row of buttons, but could have two. It could have slit pockets on the sides or two large patch pockets on the front.”


Today’s outfit is a tribute to the 1940s.





I wore a wrap polka dots knee length dress. This dress has the V neckline and slightly emphasizes the waistline creating the feminine silhouette.






I put on a woolen coat that is slightly fitted through the waist and flared out slightly from there, and has slit pockets on the sides.





Truly speaking, my outfit looks vintage thank to the purse and the faux fur scarf.






This purse is modern but was inspired by the old-world and has its own vintage allure. It’s enough to change a bag and scarf and the whole outfit will look much different.




Fot. Robert Bajkowski



topcoat – Aeterie

dress – Aeterie

bag – Tammy & Benjamin

boots – Deni Cler Milano

scarf – Paule Ka

gloves – Wittchen



What is your favorite style in fashion? Do you like to look feminine every day or you keep it for a special occasions?




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