The 1940's was a diverse decade when it came to fashion. From casual workwear for women who took to the factories during the war, to smart skirts and glamorous evening gowns. With a focus on a feminine silhouette in contrast to the previous decades, all kinds of fur and animal skins were popular and gloves were an essential accessory for almost every outfit. Despite the clothing rations and fabric shortages, the 1940's was a fabulous decade for both fashion and beauty. We're taking a look at the glamour and polished looks of this decade and adding a modern spin to bring the look up to date, perfect inspiration for a feminine, classic look this summer. (Minus the fur!)

A Sophisticated 1940's Look

This feminine floral wrap dress from The Pretty Dress Company exudes 40's glamour with a super flattering fit and midi length. Team with a pair of classic pearl earrings and neutral accessories, with a splash of bright red nail polish for true 40's style. Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 19.51.01 Pearl Earrings and clutch both Vintage Styler, OPI polish and nude heels by Miss Selfridge   Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 14.58.25  

1940's Evening Style

The 40's evening look was full of glamour! Sweeping floor length gowns with feminine silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and glistening jewels were the outfits of choice for ladies attending evening parties. Create a modern day take on this look with a floor length maxi with pretty sweetheart neckline, team with an embellished bolero to give a true 1940's shape and a delicate pair of evening gloves. Add a deep red lipstick and smooth 1940's curls to finish the look. Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 19.50.45 Chiffon Maxi by Dresstells, Bolero by PacificPlex, Gloves by Dents, Gold Shoes by Christian Louboutin and Lace Clutch by Vintage Styler   Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 15.06.32Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 15.06.16  

Effortlessly 40's

For a more low-key occasion like the races, opt for a more demure take on the 40's look. A pleated midi skirt teamed with a pretty blouse in delicate fabrics will give a subtle nod to the 40's. Team this look with a 40's style pillbox hat and pearl jewellery, and finish with a pair of classic heeled pumps. Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 19.50.30 Pastel Skirt by Topshop, Tulle Top by Lanvin,  Polka Dot Pillbox Hat by Ann-Marie Faulkner Millinery, Navy Shoes by Gianvito Rossi at Brown's, Pearl Earrings and Pearl Cuff by Vintage Styler Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 15.10.02  Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 14.54.24Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 15.16.04 Are you taking inspiration from the 1940's? What do you love about this era? Leave us a comment or let us know on Twitter @StyleMeVS



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