Hello dearies! Do you recall the “wardrobe” article I briefly mentioned in Magazine Monday earlier this week? Well, since it sounded like a few of you were interested, I am here to share more about said article from our August, 1946 Seventeen Magazine. The write-up in the magazine features four different Autumnal wardrobes, with four different styles. Yes, I know it’s Spring, but I simply had to share this now! Besides, our Australian fellow vintage bloggers are just starting to head into Autumn as we speak, so it should surely be a benefit to them. 😉 As far as what wardrobes the article covers, there are “For the Country”, “For the City”, “Good Investments”, and the wardrobe I’ll be featuring today: “Budget Minded”. The neat thing about this feature in the magazine, is that not only does it have the most delightful pages of illustrations, but it also has actual pictures of each of the dresses throughout the magazine! As fun as it is to look at adorable illustrations, I always like seeing the actual garment, so I thought this was quite clever, and a good marketing ploy for Seventeen Magazine to do. So, shall we see what the “Budget Minded” Fall Wardrobe of 1946 has to offer?
Before we focus on each individual piece, let me refocus your shocked eyes away from the $94.50. In today’s money, that sum would actually be… brace yourselves! $1,219.22!!! YIKES! But if you’re paying for quality, then quality is what you will get, and vice versa. Pricing aside, let’s examine the first item of clothing, a very nice a-line silhouetted coat.
This coat is called a “box coat”. Do you see the nice big lapels, and the roomy pockets? The style certainly would make for a coat to go with a lot of different outfits, and would probably last you for a good many years.
The second item on the wardrobe list is this delightful all-wool jersey turtle-necked dress with elbow length sleeves, and a broadening shoulder detail. The material of this dress would make it cozy for winter, while the elbow length sleeves would allow it to go from inside a nice warm house, to out in the blustery air with the help of a coat. The kimono sleeve style also makes it very practical for movement, making it the perfect dress for anyone with a lifestyle requiring stylish, functional clothes.
Now how could you go wrong with this next dress? A plaid wool-and-rayon dress with tab collar and cuffs of cotton piqué. This would certainly be a frock I would love to have in my wardrobe. Just look at how the plaid matches up, even on the bias. Now that is attention to detail not seen too often anymore! Makes me start to realize why we don’t see many plaid dresses on the market these days…
Of course any girl with a love for vintage needs a good suit for the fall (still working on that one over here…), and why not one that you can feel confident in from the paddocks of a horse farm to the committee meeting of the local Christmas bazaar? This one has a nice roomy “shirtwaist” jacket with a self-belt perfect for an active girl, with a sensible a-line skirt.
The last outfit on the list is one that I would simply adore to add to my closet: A sweater with a plaid skirt. J’adore! Sometimes simple classics are the most comfy, and this outfit would be no exception. I could totally see myself wearing this everyday in the autumn and winter. Now it makes me want to start knitting a simple, nubby pullover for myself!
What do you all think of this series thus far?
Would you say that this wardrobe is your style?
Which item is your favorite: The sweater and skirt, The suit?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer