Vintage accessories: 1940s purses

If you’ve got your basic outfits and hair worked out – it’s time to start putting together some vintage accessories.

I found this short video on 1940s purses which covers some basics of what you’re looking for:

Purses From the ’40s — powered by ehow

Here’s some further examples for you below:

A couple of great vintage blogs

I’ve been reading a couple of great vintage blogs lately and I wanted to share them with you.

The first is by a pair of best friends in London with a great vintage sense.

I have particularly enjoyed their hair tutorials on a couple of great 40s hair dos.

And I really enjoy their fresh approach to 30s and 40s style.

The second blog I would like to recommend is a Swedish lady who is in the process of building out a complete 40s wardrobe.

Her blog has everything on it from vintage sewing patterns to 40s makeup to a detailed list of wardrobe additions for a 4 year wardrobe plan.

She also has an active Facebook page that links you to her blog as well – you can find her at “Fashionable Forties”.





A year without jeans

At the start of this year I realised how jeans and t-shirt dependent I am – and how far that is from the 40s style that I admire!

It prompted me to make the following ambitious decision: To spend a whole year without wearing jeans.

I know what a challenge this will be: at the moment I wear jeans 4 out of 5 work days, and almost the entire weekend.

And so, I’m currently in the process of getting prepped.

Right now I am weaning myself off jeans, by slowly starting to swap them out for other alternatives as often as possible.

Given that it’s winter here (and for me the hardest months to leave the jeans at home), my next step will be to start building summer outfits by finding shoes and dresses.

I’m starting with the easy months first.

Eventually I hope to work my way through each season (no fur coats for me though) until I have built a complete 40s style wardrobe – and I can finally realise my jeans free year!





Burlesque: the movie

I went to see the new movie ‘Burlesque’ recently and unfortunately Dear Reader; it was exactly what I expected.

Sure at times there was a hint of sass (and I mean ‘smarts’ – not a short skirt),  but it just never crossed the line into risque the way that good burlesque ought to.

I suspect it’s PG13 rating had everything to do with it’s family-friendly approach to one of the sexiest forms of performance art out there.

What a shame.

So the audience is left with an enjoyable set of music videos that showcases Christina Aguilera and Cher’s considerable talent.

But then. We already knew that.

40s style: men’s hairstyles

Unlike the huge variety of women’s hairstyles in the 1940s, the typical 1940s man had three basic hairstyle choices: there was a pompadour, a slicked-down side-part or a military style crew cut.

The first two styles had a similar hair cut with the hair longer on the top, while the crew cut was a short buzzed cut with hair only slightly longer on the top.

Slicked-back hairstyles as my father wore, were flatter versions of essentially the same style, although slicked hair was considered more conservative.

And as with many things retro, the flat top version of the crew cut was to return to popularity in the 1980s as a ‘flat top’ and continues to be popular today.

This is Sinatra with a classic pompadour alongside the 80s flattop of Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV.

Which one do you prefer?

40s style: women’s hairstyles

As many of you know, I just love 1940s style hairdos.

Victory rolls, pin curls, side parts, sweeps and waves.

Whether you go for an old timey style, or a more modern burlesque feel – there is something so classy and glamorous about this look.

This is Rita Hayworth from 1946 alongside the modern version by burlesque model Dita von Teese.

Which one do you prefer?