3.22.2011

40s casual

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Photos by Sam

I think it's the casual vintage looks that can be most difficult to put together. And the most difficult pieces to find! It took my quite a while to find an affordable pair of 50s jeans, old oxfords seem to be rare, and regular old 40s cardigans are a treasure to be had. I suppose people wore those casual things so often, they didn't last this far in the future.
This weekend I was lucky enough to find four 1940s yearbooks, and one 1950s, and have been pining over the casual little high school outfits the girls wore. I'll be sharing scans of the yearbooks soon, especially of some of the pretty hairstyles in the headshots.

49er jacket, socks, and purse-Urban Eccentric Vintage

Knit blouse-Part of a skirt/top outfit, Antique Expo

Slacks-Made by me, using a 1933 pattern

Shoes-Gift from my mother

Scarves and belt-thrifted

34 comments:

Pink Champagne said...

Arg! Stop being so adorable! I am quite jealous :)

magpie said...

How do you do it? I just don't know. The slacks! Incredible! I thought immediately of Katherine Hepburn.

art deco dame said...

Agreed!The casual stuff is harder to find!I love my vintage but a dress and heels isn't always practical when taking my kids to the park so trying to find vintage casual is a chore sometimes because I don't want to give up my style but do love a more relaxed look too.Like today I'm sure I looked slightly silly going down the slide in a 40s house dress,even though I did feel like I slightly won the casual look as I wore flats,haha! As always you look fantastic

Marie said...

Love it!

jamie said...

so pretty! love the hair!

Vintagesuburbia said...

I agree with Maggie - I really don't know how you do it. You make it look so effortless! Your use of colour (the way the hair tie picks up the colour of the jacket) is amazing. You are very talented.

LadyHogg said...

Ooooh, Can't wait for 1940s yearbook scans!
*swoon*

Klára said...

The outfit is mens style but with the headband/ bow it is so girly. Love it !

Sara said...

Magpie and Vintagesuburbia:
I think it will be a mystery forever. :D Some ladies this comes naturally, I wish I'd have this same talent! :D

Solanah, you look gorgeous, I love how you put together this outfit!

-Sara
autumn, coffee and inspiration

Hannah said...

Beautiful, and I love all the complimentary colours.

Charlotte said...

Ooh I can't wait to see the yearbook scans!

And I agree that vintage casualwear is rare treasure indeed. Love those slouchy slacks - they look so comfortable! I'm still working up to a foray into the world of trousers - I haven't worn actual trousers since I was about 15! Except jeans for the cold, but even they've been banished from my life until I can find (or make) a good pair of 40s or 50s jeans.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

Limette said...

What lipstick are you wearing?

Tasha said...

There is not one thing of this outfit that I'm not absolutely in love with!

I adore vintage casual clothing and admit I prefer that in most cases to the more fancy dresses, skirts and frills.

The Witchery Vintage said...

I love the pants!!!xoxox Do you think you'll ever do custom orders of pants or if not, recommend one who does?

Samantha said...

I just discovered your blog yesterday and I have to say I am smitten! I absolutely adore your style and perspective on life and fashion. I have a unwavering desire to search out any vintage shops in my area to find some fabulous new things to add to my wardrobe thanks to you!

toridawn said...

I agree...casual vintage (especially the eras you prefer) is super difficult! I think you've pulled it off well as always and look very adorable.

Can't wait to see the yearbook scans. My Grandmother was in high school in the late 1930s-early 1940s and I love looking through her yearbooks.

xo
toridawn

Bitty Boss said...

Your hair is beyond gorgeous. So soft and effortless!

nona said...

I love old yearbooks! I scored two from the '40s a couple of weeks ago, and the pictures are so fantastic.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

WOW, these colors are fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Lady in black said...

It's amazing that you managed to find all this fabulous clothes. You look gorgeous.

jojography said...

Your hair looks adorable! So cute but casual. Would you mind doing a tutorial on how to do such a turban?

VictorianKitty said...

I love your look! I've long admired 1940s fashion, but never really thought about the fact that even most vintage reproduction designers don't really make casual wear. You wear it well!!

Sophistique Noir

Amber Blue Bird said...

you look incredible, the whole outfit is amazing

Madeline Quaint said...

The scarves in your hair really pull the whole outfit together, and make you admire all the details. You look great!
I'm looking forward to the scans! :)

Snow Black said...

You look like one of those 50s Hollywood actresses ;-) Beautiful

Greetz from Tiz said...

your hair is beautiful!!Love this look!!
greetz,x

Jaclyn said...

I love this whole color scheme and your hair accessory is great

Mrs Amber said...

You are adorable :) I love your hair!

Free Spirit said...

You look incredible! I wish my town was more fashion savvy.

karen mouse said...

You look gorgeous - I absolutely love those bangles. And the shoes!

DizzyTea said...

Outfit is lovely but I have to say, I loved your wedding ring! How elegant. <3

http:dizzytea.blogspot.com

Solanah said...

The witchery, I know Jitterbuggin has some cute styles :)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Jitterbuggin

Solanah said...

Linette, I don't remember sorry :(

Miriam Parkman said...

Solanah, you might be the best dressed woman I have ever seen. I'm not easily impressed, but your photos knock me down with astonishment every single time.
That you also can dress vintage in a casual way is la grande final; you are so right about it being quite difficult.
Applause!