Hello dearies! Exciting things are happening over here at the Boyer Family Singers studio! Not only for us singers, but also for the blog! Just to give you a wee hint at what that exciting blog thing might be, I thought I would share with you all some 1940’s fashion magazine scans. I don’t know about you, but flipping through the pages of a 1930’s-50’s magazine always makes me sigh for the old days…
Could you imagine having a $1 a day budget? In today’s money that would be approximately $16.53 a day! Phewee! I’m glad if I have that much to spend a month! Oh, and the top picture is out of this here Glamour magazine. If you want to see what that $1 a day budget would buy you back in 1941, you can scroll down and see that at the bottom of this post.
Isn’t that jumper and bolero set just divine? The page is from the March, 1940 edition of Mademoiselle Magazine. I can just make out the description for the bolero set to say:
I wish we had a zoom function on our blog, or that I had enough space to write out this whole page. It compares the styles of Paris and New York for the year 1940. Again this page is from the March 1940 edition of Mademoiselle. You all will have to satisfy yourselves with these brief excerpts:
And here are those two different styles displayed for the reader! The Paris style of a more boxy, practical silhouette is on the right (doesn’t look very 20’s to me), while the slimmer, fitted style of New York is on the left. Remember, this article was from 1940, when the war was just beginning, and because of that, American designers were beginning to gain more prestige over Paris in their home country.
This is a fun little page. Would you look at that round saucer hat? And such a cute, practical shirt-dress. Again, this page is from the March 1940 edition of Mademoiselle. Which blouse would you wear from the selection on the left?
Oh, and here we have the “$1 a day budget” from the September edition of Glamour magazine which I mentioned above. So, $1 a day, $365 a year… What would that be, approximately, in today’s cash? $6,032.83!!! Sheesh! I don’t know about you, but I do not have that much to spend per year! But I suppose I would have to spend approximately that much if I had to get an entirely brand new wardrobe. What would $1 a day buy you in a 1940’s wardrobe? (Today’s prices put in [here])