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Do you wear 1940's vintage?
April 3, 2011
1:57 pm
Emmaline
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I suppose this is more for women than men (although there ARE men who wear vintage clothing/styles, I know)-- do any of you wear 1940's vintage? Or even just clothing in the 1940's style?

I do, sometimes! I love to search in thrift stores for dresses and skirts, although I haven't found enough vintage items to make my whole wardrobe 1940s. What I really want is a 1940's-style bathing suit. Kiss For that I'd buy new, haha!

What about you?

April 3, 2011
4:58 pm
Baxter Bailey
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Man alert!

I used to go shopping with a friend that liked the vintage style clothing, I always thought that I was the lucky one.. just to see what she would buy. As you can probably tell by some of the emphasis on this website, I love a woman in vintage fashion.

Thanks!

Paul

April 4, 2011
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I wear 40's clothes mostly for 40's themed events. I would like to integrate them more into my daily clothes. I shop thirft stores frequently and I usually end up with 40's style clothes from the 1980's since they are easier and cheaper to buy. I am starting to see 40's inspired clothes in modern stores too. I think several top designers are  making 40's clothes as part of thier spring line. That means we may start seeing them in store by next season.

My fiance also loves to wear vintage style clothes. Just last night he wore a 1940's style double breasted, peak lapel suit jacket and pin stripe pants. Everyone commented on how snazy he looked. I am sure he will be wearing more vintage suits in the future.

 

April 5, 2011
4:29 am
Baxter Bailey
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vintagedancer..

I'd love to buy a true vintage 1940s sweater jacket, maybe a shirt.. and eventually a suit. Do you think it is easier to fit true vintage menswear, than it is for ladies? Does the practice of "vanity sizing" affect men as much, or even at all?

April 5, 2011
4:03 pm
katharina
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Emmaline said:

I suppose this is more for women than men (although there ARE men who wear vintage clothing/styles, I know)-- do any of you wear 1940's vintage? Or even just clothing in the 1940's style?

I do, sometimes! I love to search in thrift stores for dresses and skirts, although I haven't found enough vintage items to make my whole wardrobe 1940s. What I really want is a 1940's-style bathing suit. Kiss For that I'd buy new, haha!

What about you?


 

Yes, this is a huge interest of ours.  My entire family enjoys it and we attend reenactments and love buying vintage clothing. 

I'm glad to say that more of the 40s fashions are returning.  I bought a vintage hat a year ago and absolutely love it.  I saw the SAME style in an upscale Florida hat shop while on vacation last week.  I was glad to see that… those hats are so classy!  :-)

April 5, 2011
4:06 pm
katharina
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Paul said: vintagedancer..

I'd love to buy a true vintage 1940s sweater jacket, maybe a shirt.. and eventually a suit. Do you think it is easier to fit true vintage menswear, than it is for ladies? Does the practice of "vanity sizing" affect men as much, or even at all?


From what I've seen personally, it seems to be easier to find a fit for menswear.  And the waists on ladies' dresses… well my goodness those are hard to find a good fit.  Not sure some of those ladies *had* waists!  :-) 
April 5, 2011
8:47 pm
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I am sure that they did not have much for waists.  I could never pull off this look.  I have never tried it but it is not for me.1

April 6, 2011
8:37 pm
Baxter Bailey
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thanks katharina.. 

I kind of thought that was the case, but since I'll end up buying them online, I better start my homework.  

April 8, 2011
12:26 am
Emmaline
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Ack! That's true about waists! I'm lucky that I'm petite-sized, so all I really have to worry about is shoulder pads. They looked fabulous on women who actually lived in the 40's, but they tend to look a bit strange, now.

April 9, 2011
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To be honest I would never be caught dead in 1940s vintage. Not because I don't like the clothes, I mean for gods sake I was alive then. The reason is, it's just sort of ridiculous in my view. It isn't 1940 anymore. It's 2011.

April 11, 2011
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Emmaline
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empirestate said:

To be honest I would never be caught dead in 1940s vintage. Not because I don't like the clothes, I mean for gods sake I was alive then. The reason is, it's just sort of ridiculous in my view. It isn't 1940 anymore. It's 2011.


 

Do you think it's a generational thing? Like, people born after a certain decade are more likely to wear clothes from that decade and think it's cool? It would explain why so many 20-somethings are now wearing everything from the 80's all the way back to Victorian times.

April 14, 2011
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I'm afraid they wouldn't fit me now! The women had waists in those days and they were, for the most part small boned and delicate. The fashions showed off the nipped in waist and I don't have one any longer!Tongue out

April 15, 2011
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I wish my wife and I had kept our clothing from the 40's. It would be children's clothing but I understand there is a market for things like that now. I have seen some things on Etsy selling for outrageous prices!

April 16, 2011
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I love the look and some people really are able to pull it off well. It takes quite a bit of effort to find such clothes. We don't have enough vintage stores here, a few thrift shops.

April 21, 2011
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Emmaline said:

Ack! That's true about waists! I'm lucky that I'm petite-sized, so all I really have to worry about is shoulder pads. They looked fabulous on women who actually lived in the 40's, but they tend to look a bit strange, now.


 

I like the shoulder pads, Emmaline.  It's a good feeling to me to know that the top of the dress or blouse has those defining lines of 40s fashion… and it helps necklines look better.

Those waists…. ack indeed!  And if I'm not mistaken, they may have gotten even worse in the 50s.  Did those gals breath?  Did those tiny belts ever pop when they bent over?  Surprised

April 28, 2011
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FlorrieMay said:

I'm afraid they wouldn't fit me now! The women had waists in those days and they were, for the most part small boned and delicate. The fashions showed off the nipped in waist and I don't have one any longer!Tongue out


 

It would just look horrendous on me I am sure.

May 8, 2011
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I do wear 1940's vintage, simply because I like the clean, classic lines of clothing from that era.  And if/when I do buy contemporary clothing, I tend to purchase styles that hearken back to that Golden Era and make minor alterations if needed, or simply add vintage accessories.  I prefer styles from the 1940's when clothing was chic, sophisticated and exceedingly feminine whilst leaving, shall we say, a bit more to the imagination.  1940's women's clothing was, by far, more feminine than today's styles, and men's clothing was smart and dapper.  Fortunately, we are seeing some fashion houses returning to 1940's styles…you just can't improve upon perfection.  

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