Tuesday, March 12, 2013

{Style Inspiration} 1939 Spring Fashions

Yes, I'm back from my little unplanned absence, which was due to slight technical hitch (my laptop power supply went kaputt! Luckily the computer is just fine, I just couldn't switch it on til the replacement arrived). To celebrate, I bring you some fabulous pre-war early spring style inspiration from Vogue magazine, 1939. I love the incredibly detailed trend report for 1939's spring suits.




Some suits come in a wave of colour - lipstick-red jersey, for instance. An amethyst tweed suit chimes in perfectly with the grey hair of older women. Or you might mix colours - putting a cinnamon jacket with a black skirt, or a corn-yellow jacket with a navy-blue skirt. Grey is a colour that's heralded for spring - and, as a deviation from grey, try a pink-and-grey plaid jacket with a grey skirt. Plaid-and-plain is a strong contender, perhaps a blue-and-white plaid jacket with a blue skirt. Navy-blue and black are eternal.


Architecturally, spring suits are up to no freakish antics, but every one of them will give you something new to think about. Shoulders are strong, but not bombastic. Revers fairly high. Closings often hidden away under fly-flaps. A newcomer in neck-lines is the oval one shown [below]. Square neck-lines prosper. Jackets are mostly short - boxy boleros, or nipped-in basques. Here and there, a long jacket turns up - happiest choice for an older woman. Skirts stay quite short, and range from plumb-line straight ones to full, pleated or gathered ones. The skating-skirt carries on.


The trend report is even supplemented by a handy guide to the fashionable fabrics of the season. There are accessories too, but I'll save those for a future post.



18 comments:

  1. I like the new oval neckline suit with the front pleated skirt and the jaunty hat. Lovely to see the fabrics, blue and fuchsia checks for me!

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  2. Lovely! I just adore 1939-1940 fashion before the war rationing really kicked in (especially on my side of the pond since we had it easier with the rationing).

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  3. They are all just lovely! And I absolutely adore the muted colors of the new spring fabrics. I notice that the colors used in women's clothing during this time labels one as an adult, a sort of coming of age in its own right. I wish things were so simple now.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear about your recent computer problems, dear Charlotte. Yay that things are working again! Thank you for sharing these immensely elegant, completely gorgeous late 30s spring fashions with us. The fabric swatches are an especially interesting inclusion.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. Lovely!

    A few weeks ago I came across a couple of Vogue magazines from 1939 at a fleamarket. Alas, they were a bit too expensive for me, so I didn't buy them.

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  6. Gorgeous, especially the hand drawn illustrations!

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  7. Lovely pics. What a shame we still seem to be in winter here in London.

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  8. Kaputt XD Sorry, that word just made me laugh^^ Hope your problems will be solved soon.
    Lovely pictures - as always^^

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  9. Wow, as if the clothing designs weren't spectacular enough, those watercolors are SO COOL! I'd frame them as art.

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  10. I wish they did it like that today.

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  11. Beautiful illustrations, and I love the fabric swatches - thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love the cloth swatches! What great combos!

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  13. I love illustrations from the 30's, and these are particularly neat, because you can see the transition into 40's styles. The fabric swatches are absolutely the best part, though; how cool!

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  14. I love seeing these 'Style Inspiration' features, but they make me pine for all the clothes! So many beautiful things xx

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  16. That's a long pause... i hoe everything is okay! Have a nive day!

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  17. Great to see some real colors of the pre war time. Thanks for sharing them! Is everything alright with you? Haven't seen a post from you for quite some time so I wonder if something is wrong? Or are you ill? Hope you are ok and to read some news from you!
    Love and greetings,
    Gonnie
    Netherlands

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