Hello, friends! My sincere apologies for dropping off the face of the internet, but things just got too hectic around here. (I seem to say that a lot anymore, don’t I? lol. Since moving, life seems to keep going through these spurts of intense activity and packed schedules!) Namely: little Maverick had surgery, we had family visiting over the Fourth of July holiday, and SH took a few days of leave that both of us desperately needed. Thanks for sticking around through these little, impromptu breaks I take occasionally!
Now on to a little Monday morning inspiration! I’ve got some lovely images from the mid 1940s that I scrounged up; a few might look familiar to long-time readers (but I think were worth resharing!). For the past couple weeks I keep going between obsessing over 1940s style (sailor style shorts and plaid tops, scarves around my head and bright red lipstick!) and early 60s looks (bouffant hairstyles and bouncy sundresses). I have precious little inspiration pieces from the early 60s, which is probably why I keep returning to the 40s (it happens to be my favorite anyway!). hehe! Enjoy!
Aside from this being a really cut dress (stripes! pinafore style!), I also love that it was sold at Hecht’s. Anyone who grew up in the mid-Atlantic region probably remembers the Hecht department stores.
Aren’t those shoulders crazy?! hehe! Not so keen on the shoulder (or the ruffled hip yoke…), but I love the print. Those loopy, abstract florals were quite popular in the 40s, though a bit difficult to find today. I love how informal and not overly-sweet these sort of floral prints tend to be.
Aren’t these two dresses just too cute (and perfect for afternoon tea)? I love the windowpane plaid dress on the left; though the scooped neckline and self-fabric sash on the right dress is pretty too!
I think I may have posted this one ages ago, but it’s honestly a favorite of mine! I love the piped sleeves–I’m sure it’d be quite fussy to do, but is such a neat detail…
Funtogs! (Don’t you just love those terms they came up with in the 40s?) I do love me a good, 1940s trousers outfit–and these light colored ones (I’m assuming white?) on the left are drool-worthy! I’m also intrigued by the skirt that supposedly “repleats itself” when folded… Must have been some permanent press technique?
With temperatures soring near or above 100°F lately, stylish mesh shoes sound like a good idea to me! I’ll take a pair in each color. The $5.50 price tag from the mid 1940s translates to just under $68 in today’s dollars–not too bad! If only one could find shoes like this now… (The only modern mesh shoes I’ve seen are pretty icky, imho!)
Any details inspiring you in these pictures?