1940’s inspiration

the forties

i have a confession: i think i love each decade just a little bit more. the twenties for me were about jewelry and detailing. the thirties brought suits and defined the female shape while playing with color and pattern. {and pattern mixing- be still my heart!}

while clothes look different today than they did so many years ago, the basic pieces and shapes are the same. we can find inspiration from each group, and ladies in the forties are no exception! {they’re my favorite so far.}

women in the forties wore…

many forties-inspired pieces are timeless and will boost our closet’s remixing power.


  • ruffles, lace, and the peter pan collar continue to show up. having a shirt with each of these necklines gives you lots of remixing options. throw a cardigan or blazer over top or layer with a sweater to highlight the collar.
  • the peplum was my favorite find in the forties- i had no idea it was a recreated look. it gives you an automatic hourglass shape, so it’s a winner in my book!


  • and last but not least, wrap dresses and ruching are universally flattering and timeless.

i feel like studying the different eras is helping define my style even further. what do you think? have there been any trends from the 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s that have surprised you? are you seeing things that can be the foundation of your wardrobe?

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  • Selah December 6, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    I totally agree with you about loving each decade more and more (I wonder if that will hold true – somehow I doubt it).
    The 40s also introduced the tee http://pinterest.com/pin/412431278345022260/
    and espadrilles (very similar to Toms) http://pinterest.com/pin/227291112414056822/
    For laughs: http://pinterest.com/pin/227291112414064586/

    • Caitlin December 8, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      Lol. WOW. So special. Thanks for sharing that little piece of history! :)

      I know…I am not such a fan of the upcoming decades, but hey, there’s something to learn from each of them!

      Thanks for sharing the tee and espadrillesI It’s SO fun to me to find things that I thought were newer styles and discover they’ve been recycled.

      • Selah December 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM

        You’re welcome. :)
        I think my love for the various decades of fashion will top out in the 1950s and then slide down and hit rock bottom in the 80s. :)

        • Caitlin December 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

          Lol. Mine might, too!

  • kelseylsutherlin December 7, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    i love me some pleats!!

  • Florica December 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I’ve always loved the 40’s, the clothes, and the movies.

    • Caitlin December 8, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      Oo! What are some of your favorite movies from the 40’s? I’ve just started watching some classics and they’re just.so.good.!

      • Selah December 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM

        Okay, I HAVE to chime in on this! Film Noir: Casablanca, Notorious, Double Indemnity, Rebecca, Gaslight, The Maltese Falcon
        Screwball Comedies: To Be or Not to Be, Arsenic and Old Lace
        Musicals: Me In St. Louis, Holiday Inn, Good News
        These are just from the 1940s. There are SO many wonderful movies from the 30s – 60s. I could go on and on. :)

        • Caitlin December 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

          Yay yay yay! Ok I might be asking you for more later on. :)

    • Florica December 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Some of the one’s that I’ve seen from the 40’s are: It’s a Wonderful Life (one of my favorite Christmas movies), Miracle on 34th St.,The Shop Around the Corner( its like You’ve got Mail), Christmas in Connecticut, and Woman of the Year, these are just a few of them. Some from the 1950’s are: Singing in the Rain, Roman Holiday (one of my faves), American in Paris,Oklahoma, Funny Face, Sabrina, and An Affair to Remember. ( I really like movies with Audrey Hepburn) I mostly like romantic and comedy movies. Have a great weekend.

      • Selah December 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        Florica – Those are all great! I just watched Miracle On 34th Street with my kids. There’s also In The Good Old Summertime, a Judy Garland musical version of The Shop Around The Corner.

      • Selah December 9, 2012 at 6:55 AM

        I’ve started a Classic Films board on Pinterest. I’ve pinned a lot already and more will be added! http://m.pinterest.com/bibliophile78/classic-films/

        • Caitlin December 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

          Headed there now!

      • Caitlin December 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Thank you, Florica! I can’t wait to check these out. Hope you’re having a fantastic week!!

      • Selah December 15, 2012 at 8:20 AM

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