Monday, February 1, 2010

{Style Inspiration} 1949 Capsule Wardrobe

After my Vintage Capsule Wardrobe post a few weeks back, I was thrilled to find this article while browsing the piles of Picture Post magazines in a secondhand book store in Lincoln. The article documents a round-the-world tour wardrobe within a weight limit of 60lb.

So, in 1949, the essential all-weather capsule wardrobe consisted of:
  • Two Suits: one tropical-weight grey worsted for travelling, with knife-pleat skirt and half-belted jacket; one fine black woollen tailor-made (the skirt can be worn with an off-the-shoulder pullover, to become an evening dress)
  • Six dresses: print dinner dress; heavy crepe dress; four cotton dresses
  • Undies: Petticoats, camiknickers and panties in the new nylon tricot; two brassieres; girdle; Six pairs of nylons
  • Four pairs of shoes: bronze kid ankle straps; black suede ankle straps; black courts; tan walking shoes
  • Two Pringle twin sets of cardigan and pullover, plus one black evening sweater
  • Four hats
  • Accessories: Four pairs of gloves; long woollen stole; three cotton headscarves; gold choker necklace (can be used on a belt for evening)


  1. I love this! I tried to compile a 50's realistic wardrobe once and really wished I had some sort of guide. An etiquette book told me to get 1 wool suit and 3 dresses but all in gray, black, or navy. I knew there had to be a better way!

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  3. Wow, oldschool style I really love that style.
    Thank you for sharing.


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