I adore watching black and white movies from the forties, when the men were gentlemen and the women were oh-so-glamorous! I’m always on the lookout for ways to add some of that vintage Hollywood glam to my wardrobe, and lately I’ve found a trove of pieces I can’t resist! Here are 7 ways to incorporate 1940s fashion into your look.
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In every old film noir, the dashing detective had the help of a gorgeous Girl Friday, and she was always there with a hangover remedy, mysterious new client, and fabulous fashion sense. She was always wearing a suit like this one, with a calf-skimming skirt, skinny patent belt, and beautiful jacket. Pair with patent peep-toes or t-straps and a soft felt hat to complete your own glamorous look…
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When Girl Friday wasn’t wearing a smart skirt suit, she was wearing a fitted feminine blouse, like this one, looking just as sharp but slightly more casual. This blouse features an almost-black tie at the collar, blue-lined sleeves, and a distinctly vintage feel.
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In the 1940s, ladies always wore gloves, and once you’ve seen this stunning purple pair, you’ll understand why. They’ll keep your hands warm while driving or walking down the sidewalk, lined in silk and made of supremely supple leather in a rich berry hue. Girl Friday would wear them with her best wool coat…
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This gorgeous grey wool coat by BB Dakota was featured in Us Weekly, and is ideal for wearing over a 40s inspired dress, with the gloves from above! I love the two rows of bright brass buttons down the front, the slightly puffed shoulders, and the feminine, flattering fitted shape.
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Near the end of each 40s film noir, Girl Friday and her dashing detective end up in a nightclub, dancing cheek to cheek, when he realizes he loves her. She’s usually wearing a dress like this, so can you blame him for being so smitten? It’s the perfect vintage LBD, with a flirty ivory bib detail, contrasting Peter Pan collar, tiny cap sleeves, a tie-belted waist, and a below-the-knee pencil skirt. Woo your own handsome man by pairing this frock with black patterned tights and sleek black patent pumps.
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Once dashing detective has declared his love, he always takes Girl Friday to a more elegant affair, where he also, coincidentally, meets up with Femme Fatale, who, as it turns out, is the bad guy. She’s always wearing something slinky and sexy, much like this dove-grey dress. The waist is nipped in, flattering, and the skirt is full and flowy, ideal for pairing with a glittery clutch, beaded choker, and patent pumps.
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At the end of the movie, everything is as it should be with dashing detective and his Girl Friday, and they drive off together in his car, seeking the perfect picnic spot on a warm sunny day. Of course, she’s wearing a sweet, cap-sleeved dress, designed to flaunt her curves while still being modest. More than likely she’s wearing this dress by Stop Staring, with its below-the-knee pleats, belted waist, and sweetheart neckline. And, as the credit roll, you’ll hop they lived happily ever after.
With so many ways to wear the 1940s look, you’re sure to find exactly the right outfit to land your own dashing detective. I adore all of the dresses, and they look divine with patent pumps and a little clutch! Which of these 1940s-inspired pieces do you like best, and how would you wear it?
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