Hello dearies! Today is somewhat bittersweet, because we have come to the last of our Four 1940s wardrobes, the “For the Country” wardrobe. Yay! But, oh no! What am I going to post about now where we can delve into vintage fashion and see what girls would have worn back in the day? Hmmm… There must be something… Well, let’s take a look at this last wardrobe, shall we?
This is the 1940s girl’s wardrobe for the country, which I suppose would be targeted towards a girl like me, since I technically live out in the country. This wardrobe certainly consists of a lot more “practical” every-day work pieces, as you will see. But before we see the lovely dresses and such, let me tell you, this $122 wardrobe would cost $1,574.01 in today’s money! Yikes! You know what, this just gave me an idea for a post to further this series… give me a few weeks, and you might see something about these four 1940s wardrobes again, taking the whole idea in a slightly different direction.
First up, we have a very practical short version of an “officer’s coat” in all-wool fleece. This coat has a very casual edge to it, but it is quite versatile because you could wear it with any length skirt (except for formal length, though even that might not look too bad if you didn’t have any other choice), and slacks if you so chose. I think this is my favorite coat from the whole series, though there is a close tie between it and the tartan checked number from the City Wardrobe.
Oh girls! This “dress” is so fun! Because, guess what? It’s not a dress! It is a shirt and a matching skirt (yes they used the word shirt, instead of blouse. I wonder what the difference between the two garments are? What makes something a shirt as opposed to a blouse? Should I do some research and put together a post about the difference between the two?). SO clever! Do keep in mind though when you put together such an ensemble as this a wide belt such as the one shown here is a must to keep everything in place and all pulled together.
I personally don’t care for the silhouette of this coordinating jacket and skirt, but the idea of a contrasting jacket and skirt is quite fun, especially considering both pieces would work equally well with other pieces from your wardrobe (sweater with the skirt, slacks with the jacket). And this would be a quite easy silhouette to wear if you weren’t that keen on dressing “up” for the day. What do you think? Would you wear this silhouette?
Ah! Now here is the piece that I find interesting from this “Country” wardrobe. All of the wardrobes in this series have their own peculiar differences from each other: The Good Investments wardrobe consisted of a lot of separates; the City wardrobe had a lot of suits and coordinating pieces; and the Budget Minded wardrobe had a pretty equal balance of suits, dresses and casual separates. Now the Country wardrobe has two dresses, and two suits, only one of which I would actually term as a “suit” (Suit: Noun. A set of outer clothes made of the same fabric and designed to be worn together, typically consisting of a jacket and trousers or a jacket and skirt.), and that is this brushed corduroy number. What?! A corduroy suit? Oh yes! See, if you live in the country, unless you have a city job, you don’t have a need for a city suit. But you do want something for those more professional outings, so why not it be a cross between your lifestyle and the article of clothing you are in need of. In my opinion corduroy was the perfect choice for this crossover ensemble.
Okay, I think I am going to cry after reading the text in the upper left corner. These dresses were sold at Meier & Frank in Portland, Oregon, where I used to live!!! Of course I was too young at the time to know all about the thriving vintage community there and all the history etc., but still! However, I am diverting from this post’s purpose. We’re talking about the dress, right? This dress is made from a rayon-wool blend, with cotton pique collar and cuffs, and metal buttons. Oh, and you mustn’t forget the grosgrain tie. 🙂 Just as a tidbit, this dress was actually featured on the cover of the 1946 Seventeen Magazine that this article came from, so if you want to see it in color, you can pop over to the first Magazine Monday post featuring it. Looks quite smart there, doesn’t it?
Alright dears, that is the end! I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have. It has been so enjoyable going through these various wardrobes, figuring out what pieces suit my taste, gathering inspiration for my autumn/winter wardrobe. But, this isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning, because the wheels in my head are really starting to turn with that post idea I mentioned briefly above. But, I’m not going to tell what it is. Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies. 😀
Does the “For the Country” wardrobe suit your style?
What is your favorite piece from this wardrobe?
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