Hello dears! My goodness! You would think I had forgotten all about my little 1940s wardrobe series. After all, I posted the last installment all the way back in May. And now we are in… August? Well, that is quite serendipitous! Because this feature originally came from the August 1946 edition of Seventeen Magazine. Now we are right on schedule with being able to take a look at our upcoming autumn wardrobes; and dreaming of wool dresses and suits will no longer feel completely out of season (at least for this autumn loving gal!). So far we have looked at a Budget Minded wardrobe, a wardrobe made up of Good Investments, and today we are going to take a look at a wardrobe fit “For the City”.
Oh what a delightful capsule wardrobe this is! Before I calculate how much this wardrobe would cost in today’s currency, do take note of a few things. This wardrobe is for the city girl. And typically, I would imagine, if you lived in the city in the 1940s, it meant you had the income to be able to do so. And I would imagine you would probably have a job somewhere as a secretary, or in retail, if you weren’t still in school. With that in mind, this wardrobe would be valued at $1,767.54 in today’s money. Come to think of it, that amount isn’t bad at all compared to the budget of the Good Investments wardrobe. Now that we have that out of the way, shall we see what items this wardrobe consists of?
Both of the dark tartan checked pieces you saw in the illustration above (the suit and coat) are pictured here. Wouldn’t it be positively marvelous to have a matching suit and coat? Oh, and if you thought cloche hats only belonged in the 20s, think again. It seems that the cloche has had a small foot in each era from the 20s onwards, the shape of it changing a little bit to accord with the styles of each decade.
For some reason this look reminds me so much of the southwestern United States in the winter. It must be that wheel (is that a spinning wheel?) and the color scheme. This dress is of brushed corduroy. Wouldn’t that be so delightfully practical? I am going to be making myself a skirt for this winter out of velveteen, which, if you didn’t know, is essentially corduroy without the wales (the little ridges, or ribs). What would you think of having a corduroy (or velveteen) every day dress?
The picture doesn’t really do it justice, but I am told by the description of this wool dress (you can find it in the sixth picture down in the Good Investments post) that there is contrasting stitching on both the sleeves and the skirt below the Vinylite (faux leather) belt. You can see it a little better in the illustration at the top. Wouldn’t that be a marvelously subtle detail to add to a dress? And who knew they had faux leather belts in the 40s!
This suit has to be my favorite out of all of the selections featured so far in this wardrobe series. There is just something so casual yet sophisticated about it. I could very well see myself wearing such a delightful ensemble. Alright, pin-striped wool added to the ever growing fabric shopping list. 😀
Does the “For the City” wardrobe suit your style?
Which piece is your favorite from this collection?
Would you ever wear a suit?
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