Sunday, May 13, 2012

{Style Inspiration} 1940s Illustrated

For this week's Sunday Style Inspiration I thought I'd bring you some terribly stylish illustrations from my 1940s magazine collection.


1942

Turquoise sailor dress and matching turquoise turban hat? Win.


1942

Possibly the most stylish landgirl ever, in red and pear gingham puff shoulder shirt dress and matching headscarf.


1943

I dream of being able to recreate this hairstyle.


1943

Adorable red and white polka dot blouse with waist ties and matching hair bow, worn with white shorts and what looks like a floral bracelet. Love.


1945

A simple white dress with an opulent (embroidered? printed) sequinned floral design blazing across the bodice.


1945

I don't know whether this would be a blouse or detachable contrast cuffs and dickey insert on a day dress. Either way, it's fabulous - and the pompadour hairstyle is amazing too!


1946

I've featured this to-die-for leopard print ensemble before, way back when, but it's so awesome I think it bears seeing twice!


1948

Loving the double peplum and little crescent shaped clutch.


1948

The tie-side peplum is interesting here, and the triple-layered sleeves.


1949

Red beret with a rhinestone pin, and red and white spotted neckscarf brighten a camel coat.


1949

I'm in love with the entire outfit the lady on the left is wearing: That neckline is to die for, and the plumed hat, and her little pearl necklace, black gloves and parasol/umbrella just complete the look.

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous illustrations1 I think the first one and the Nivea cream ad are my favorites. It's easy to overlook illustrations as style inspiration, but you've reminded me why I shouldn't!

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  2. Love it, I'm addicted to old magazines!

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  3. These are such great pieces. I love looking at vintage ads because you get a true sense of what women were wearing.

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  4. My, what a wonderful collection of images!

    I adore the turquoise turban/sailor dress combo.

    Swoon! x

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  5. Dreamy! I love the gal in the red hat!

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  6. I think perhaps the white shorts/polka dot blouse outfit is my favorite! I have got to make myself some white shorts this year!!! :)

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  7. I simply love 40s illustration art. And all of these are simply fabulous! Great fashion and hair inspiration! It's hard to pick a favorite!

    -Janey

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  8. Charlotte, would the 1949 picture be more of an "artistic rendering" of a wispy waist? Or could such proportions be possible with foundation garments? Just curious. Thank you.

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    1. Illustrations are always able to take a certain artistic liberty with the actual female form - just like the illustrations on sewing patterns bear very little relation to real figures, and pin-up art is always exaggerated, even these humble magazine illustrations allow themselves some leeway with the truth. In reality although it's just about possible in theory, a waist span barely wider than one's head is pretty unrealistic.

      xx Charlotte

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  9. These really are vintage images of first-rate inspiration if ever there was. I love them all and simply can't dwindle down a sole favourite. Marvelous 40s illustrations, thank you very much for sharing them with us, dear Charlotte.


    Wishing you a terrific Tuesday,
    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Some great style inspiration! Especially love the necklines in the last print. I also can't help looking at these images from a gender studies/ feminist critique kind of perspective. Especially in regards to the characters sight-lines, body language, facial expressions and reaction to the male-gaze. A few of them look like the women are struggling to fight off date-rape, or at least very bored with male attention even though their apparel would indicate that they are seeking such attention.

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