1940s Men’s Formal Wear

Men’s traditional 1940s formal wear choices were: white tie (formal), black tie (semi formal) .
men's formal wear
1. White tie formal wear is mostly the same today as it was in the 1940s.
Black tailcoat with satin lapels in a rounded shawl collar shape or wide pointed peak lapels
White button down or stiff front wingtip dress shirts (or pleats)
Suspenders (white is best)
White silk bow tie
White single-breasted dress vest with long square lapels
High waist, pleated tuxedo pants with a satin stripe down the outer leg
Patent leather tuxedo shoes or plain polished leather Oxfords
Black socks (silk or wool)
White gloves
White pocket square
Colorful silk flower boutineer
Black silk top hat
Optional, dark blue or grey overcoat with satin lapels and dress cane

2. Black tie formal wear was increasingly popular from the 1920s onward. It could be worn wherever formal wear was requested with a few different looks to choose from.
Dinner jacket with wide silk or satin peak lapels and a nipped in waist. The drape was long, to mid thigh. Single or double breasted jackets were worn as well as the shawl collar jacket. Black or midnight blue with black satin lapels.
White stiff front starched shirt with an extra large wingtip collar
Black shawl collar dress vest (backless is OK)
Black pleated pants with stain stripe or braid on outer legs, very high waist
Black or dark blue “club” bow tie (not a fat butterfly shape or skinny ribbon)
White pocket square (the twin peaks was the best fold)
Optional, black shirt studs and cuff links
Optional, white woven knit or silk shawl (muffler) with monogram initials
Optional, black homburg hat

Lotus Leaf Style In Victorian Dresses

Victorian periods, women’s clothing is characterized by a large number of use of lace, spun yarn, lotus leaf, ribbon, bow-knot, multi-level cake cutting, pleats and collar…

Lotus leaf style shows a classic noble temperament. This style is in line with the cutting of round skirt and can add a sense of elegance to the whole design.  And the lotus leaf were always made of lace.

Let’s look at several lotus leaf style in Victorian dresses.





How to Store Expensive Vintage Clothing

Vintage clothing is usually more expensive, and you might some pieces from second-hand store, You definitely want to keep them for a long time. So how could you take care of such clothing?
Remember the rule when you take care of vintage coats and jackets: do not store them in any plastic bag, because wool and many other natural fabrics should be able to breathe.You should choose fine fabric dress bags. Before storing, make sure these clothing are clean and are free from any spot or stain. And put several sachets of rosemary and mint to drive away insects like moth.
Beaded sweaters need to be washed by hand. To store vintage sweaters, use cedar chest or other wooden drawers with natural insect repellents. Before storing, close all buttons and hooks prior to lying face down. Use tissue paper on the sweater’s back to cushion the fold.
Vintage furs could be taken care of easily. Take it to a good furrier to have it glazed and cleaned initially. Cleaning could be done as rarely as once every year. You’d better apply fabric conditioner before long storage. Hang it in a closet through a jumbo padded hanger. Take note not to jam it next to many other clothes or suffer having to deal with smooched fur.
For vintage accessories, such as hats, purses… Just make sure there are no dust. To brush off dust, use soft brass with soft bristles. Purses should be stored in fabric bags. Compacts should first be wrapped in rolls of tissue paper or should be stored in small jewelry bags to protect them from dust.
All plastics are not good and ideal for storing vintage clothing and accessories. They are not useful for keeping, storing, and taking care of vintage things.

Vintage Cocktail Dresses to Party

Many parties will be held on December. Vintage cocktail dresses are suitable for Holiday parties, dinner parties and New Year parties.
A new fashion appeared after World War 1. People usually prepared for a less formal occasion before dinner. The cocktail dress was popular among women. And the cocktail dress was less formal than the dress for the formal ball at that time. And it was easy for women to dance, drink and dine in a semi-formal occasion.
Let’s see changes of the cocktail dresses from the 1920s to the 1960s.
1920s Vintage Cocktail Dresses
During 1918 to 1924, the ankle-length dress was the first choice. The dresses which made of chiffon usually have ruffled hems and draped layers. Also, the sleek slip dress was prevalent.
The popularity of this style reached its peak in the mid 1920s. It was best to wear a pair of T- strap dancing shoes apart from a headband or other hair accessories. The excessive accessories would not be seen in this style. A long or short necklace, long gloves and a bunch of loose bracelets were enough to match the cocktail dress.
Nowadays, it is easy for us to dress up in the 1920s style. A beaded dress is a must. Besides, it is better to choose a pair of strappy shoes which has a similar color of dress or other accessories. A shinny headband can add the sense of 1920s style.
Vintage Cocktail Dresses
1930s Vintage Cocktail Dresses
1920s dresses were often sleeveless and short. By contrast, the 1930s dresses have short sleeves. Some leading women preferred a wide leg pant suit of a dress.
During summertime, long cocktail dresses with floral prints were popular. Sleeveless dresses could only be seen in formal balls and summer garden parties. Black, peach, pink, green and blue were the most favored. Women would wear darker jewel tones during wintertime.
A peach lace sleeveless gown with T strap peachy-gold heels was suitable for the 1930s look. Women in 1930s also loved gold and silver strappy heels to match with evening dresses.  Sparkling bracelets and earrings were also correct.
Vintage Cocktail Dresses
1940s Vintage Cocktail Dresses
World War 2 affected the society greatly, the difference between cocktail and evening was blurry. Full formal wear were replaced by the cocktail dress. Women preferred a nice A-line dress made of rayon, satin or velvet. Two piece suit dresses were their favorite choices. The style was clean and exquisite.
The shoulder pads was one of the features of 1940s dresses. There was shirring in the waist or in the bust. A cross-wrapped bodice was also not unusual in this style.
Women emphasized the accessories because of its effect of improving the sense of cocktail attire. They still wore gloves, but the gloves were less popular. A chunky necklace, earrings, brooch and hair ornament was the best accessories.
A slimming silhouette was loved by people, so the late 1940s witnessed the appearance of slimmer pencil shape skirt. The tighter dresses could help women shape more curves.
A black pencil dress with sheer top is recommended. In addition, it is good to choose a pair of black and white high heels.
Vintage Cocktail Dresses
1950s Vintage Cocktail Dresses
The 1940s style was still prevalent in the 1950s. The 1950s dresses were longer and had more materials. And another dresses, have no sleeves, were also chosen in cocktail parties. Women liked black, white, emerald blue or green and red. Also, big patterns were popular.
The cocktail dress reached its peak in the 1950s. Women paid more attention to dress and dressed more beautiful than the before decades. A little black dress could be seen in every woman’s wardrobe.
The 1950s style means you can wear no extra accessories. And the look is more modern and cleaner.
Vintage Cocktail Dresses
1960s Vintage Cocktail Dresses
The full skirts were shorter and had less volume. The fitted dresses were also shorter and less fitted.  The feature of 1960s style was the half jackets. Due to the sleeveless dresses, women often wore half jackets.
Bold and silver color became popular. Black was still preferred by most individuals. Pink and green were goof choices for those who loved bright colors. Fabrics were still abundant.
Flats were worn in the day, while the kitten heels or stiletto heels were chosen in the evening. Extra accessories were unnecessary.
Vintage Cocktail Dresses

Vintage Inspired Fashion Trends for Fall

When it becomes cool, people need to change their clothing. The arrival of autumn brings us many choices of clothing of various colors. The vintage fashion for autumn will be introduced in the following part.

When the faded fashion began to rejuvenate, the vintage lover try to enrich their wardrobes. Many individuals are chasing true vintage clothing, but vintage clothing are faced with challenges. Price, condition and sizing will exert an negative effect on seeking vintage clothing. And true vintage clothing might becomes a artwork because the difficulty of finding them.

Every time the season changes, the themes reappear which related to the current season. The winter and fall are usually rainy or snowy, so the warm fabrics are preferred because of the frigid weather.

Vintage Inspired Fashion Trends for Fall – 1940s Pants

Vintage pants could provide us warmth because of their layer. They are the good choices in the cool days. To gain more warmth, people can wear tights apart from pant in the days that the temperature below zero.

Pants of the 1930s and 1940s have a natural waistline and wide trouser legs with ignoring the hips. The rise and width are various in different eras. 1930s witnessed extremely wide legs and a low rise. Till the 1940s, the rise was slightly higher than before and the width became shorter.

For fall winter fashion trends, 1940s was popular among women. To wear a loose blouse and tuck it into the pants can shape you like a beauty in 1940s. If you want to have more elements of 1940s style, a cropped cardigan, a cropped jacket for outerwear, brogue shoes or a scarf are recommended.


Vintage Inspired Fashion Trends for Fall – Plaids

Plaid has a fadeless charm and is often seen in fall or winter fashion. It refers to the Scottish highlanders’ clothing in history. George IV visited Edinburgh in 1820s and stimulated the passion for tartan. The beautiful appeal and comfort of the fabric attract people till today. Red color with plaid is a good choice. Besides, there are many other color combinations for people to choose.

If you want to dress in 1950s style, it is correc t to wear a plaid pencil skirt with a plain sweater  and a stylish swagger jacket. In addition, a full circle skirt can fully show the advantage of the plaid design.


Vintage Inspired Fashion Trends for Fall – 1970s Florals 

Big, bold 1970s florals are crucial in fall. Gucci is the leader of this style. The 1970s style was deeply influenced by the 1930s style. So you can dress up to a style of the early 1930s. To improve the feeling of 1970s, various textures and shades can be combined with a bold maxi dress.

floral dress

Vintage Inspired Fashion Trends for Fall – Jumpsuits

The jumpsuits of winter and fall are not the same as those of summer. The weight of jumpsuits may be light, while the jumpsuits of winter and autumn are thicker and heavier. The appearance of jumpsuits make the 1970s fashion survive. Also, they are suitable to create 1930s style. The wide legs of jumpsuits remind people of 1930s style. Beach pajamas were very prevalent among women.

Dungaree style of jumpsuit, which are usually sleeveless, were worn by women in 1940s. Inside the dungaree style of jumpsuit was the a blouse or sweater. This style is suitable for winter and autumn.If you want to get more warmth, it is a good try to choose a jacket or cardigan.Accessories can help enhancing your look. For instance, hair snoods is good for 1940s look. And a beret is wonderful for 1930s fashion.

vintage jumpsuit