Hello there dearies! Oh I am so excited for today’s post, as we get to continue our Four 1940s Wardrobes series, from the August, 1946 Seventeen Magazine, and I’m sure you all will love the items in store in today’s wardrobe. Last time we focused on the Budget Minded wardrobe, which only cost the meager sum of $94.50 in the U.S. Currency of 1946, which in today’s money is equivalent to $1,219.22. This time around we will be focusing on a wardrobe comprised of Good Investments. Pieces that will last for a long time, made of even higher quality material, and up to the task of being able to attend several different social and at-home occasions. Shall we see what delightful 1940s styles await?
Wow! $166.00 for this entire wardrobe. It certainly looks as if these pieces would equal to a very good investment. The total monetary value of this budget in our money today is… drumroll please… $2,141.69! This may seem like a TON of money, but, as Jessica Cangiano said in her comment on the Budget Minded wardrobe post, if you really were creating a wardrobe from scratch, full of high quality pieces, such a price range isn’t too bad for a whole season’s worth of clothing. This just made me think of something. Perhaps at the end of this series, I should construct some Polyvore boards with items of equivalent value from today’s clothing market, to compare to the items listed in each of these wardrobe posts. What do you all think of the idea?
Moving on now, let’s start with the first item: The Coat. This, according to the magazine’s description, is known as a Chesterfield Coat (a style which actually originated in Menswear in the early 1900s). Made of all-wool fleece, it possesses a smart velveteen collar, and roomy sleeves perfect for wearing over any clothing item you may possess. I wonder what color it would have come in? A practical tan with a rich brown velveteen collar would certainly be dashing!
This suit is of a slightly more fitted style than the one featured in the previous wardrobe. Though it still possesses the full sleeves and a-line skirt, the jacket has lost its belt, and has a smooth, sleek line to it. At $44 in 1946’s money, equivalent to $567.68 in today’s dollar, you could easily go to Bloomingdale’s today and get this Boss black skirt suit for approximately the same amount. CRAZINESS! But if you wanted a nearly authentic look to the one shown in the magazine, you could get this skirt and this blazer from Calvin Klein for a lot cheaper: only $208! Yay, I feel so much better with that price. 😛
Oooohhh! Now we get to see my favorite piece from this wardrobe. This, my dears, is a wool knit dress. Not a sweater with a separate skirt, but a dress. AHHH!!!! I love it! Though it doesn’t help me any that the model is wearing the most adorable ankle strap flats too! Oh, and do you see that delightful blue dress on the left? To the left of that are two more adorable dresses of wool knit! I’ll be sharing the whole spread, along with several other delightful pages from the Seventeen Magazine in this coming Magazine Monday. But back to the dress in question. Without a doubt, this would be a dress that I would wear (with some slight modifications to suit my figure). A dress that looks and feels like a skirt and sweater? How could it get any better than that?
This very basic wool “shirt-waist style” dress (though I really don’t see why it is a “shirt-waist” style. Doesn’t look anything like a shirtwaist dress to me!) is dressed up by a collar and jabot. Oh, and do you see those little nubbly things? Those are Paillettes! Little sparkly bits and bobs to dress up an otherwise very basic dress.
Ah! We’ve come to the last piece in this wardrobe: another skirt and sweater set. The sweater is actually made of Angora (can’t you tell? It looks so soft), and the skirt has very practical pockets. Such a delightfully simple, comfy outfit.
Do you think that this “Good Investments” wardrobe fits your style?
Which garment is your favorite?
What do you think of the Polyvore board comparison idea?
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