Trending Now: 1940’s Fashion

This summer, expect to see some street style nods to 1940’s fashion.  This fascinating decade’s fashion silhouette sported a nipped waist, padded shoulders, a-line shape, and tea-length skirting.

This being a classic and universally flattering look, it’s only natural that this look is boomeranging back today.   Think girly, sweet, romantic…without being too revealing.  Much was left to the imagination in 1940’s women’s fashion.  Here’s a sampling of what we are seeing today.

Maria Vine Print Silk Charmeuse Dress

Too schoolmarmish for you?  This era also boasted more romantic cuts and dramatic prints.

Saloni Josee Printed Silk Crepe Dress

If you watched the Netflix hit The Crown, you remember how charming the young Princess Elizabeth looked in her chic safari ensembles which were common in the day (even if you lived stateside and had not stepped foot into the jungle).

Staud Kano Dress

When the ladies hit the beach in the 1940’s, their attire wasn’t necessarily meant for swimming.  “Bathing Costumes,” as they were referred to, didn’t appear that they would hold up too well in salt water or chlorine.  How did Esther Williams do it?

Thankfully, with the invention of Spandex, today’s swim tops will fare well in the water.  Thankfully, the diaper-y bottoms seen in the 1940’s have been today been updated to a swim skirt.

Unique Vintage Frieda White Ruffled Swim Top

Makeup and hair from the 1940’s is truly timeless.  A red lip and pin curls, long lashes and defined brows, and skin that hasn’t seen much sun are de rigeur.

Some vintage-throwback trends should not occur.  There are simply some fashion moments in history that should not be revisited or resurrected.  The classic elegance of the 1940’s, however, is a graceful trend that will be fun to watch evolve this summer.

images via staud, saloni, instyle, uniquevintage