Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vintage Suits for Travel and Beyond

In 1949, one magazine suggests that when choosing a wardrobe for travel, you should spend the most on items you'll wear the most; on items that can be translated into your everyday life after the trip. Of course, in 1949, women dressed much more formally for travel than we do today, and a good suit was considered essential for a trip by plane, train, ship, or car.

John Perna of Simon Cohen fashioned this suit of wool gabardine and trimmed it with matching braid. Our traveler accessorizes it with white pigskin gloves, a Koret handbag, a Suzy helmet hat with separate veil that ties in the back, and a fur stole. The suit sold for $70 in 1949 (about $627 in today's dollar). Amelia Earhart luggage.

Here, the same suit worn to work after the trip with a silk scarf tucked into the neckline.

For a motoring trip, this woman wears a three piece ensemble of soft-toned wool plaid by Swansdown. She accessorizes it with a Roger Van S. leather shoulder bag, an Anglebasque beret, and leather gloves. The suit and coat each sold for $60 in 1949 (about $538 in today's dollar).

Here, she wears the same suit with a classic camel coat by Rutherford for a different look.

8 comments:

christa weil said...

beautifully cut, that suit.

puddin said...

And big mother of pearl buttons?? Oh yessss!

alexkeller said...

i wish more people dressed for travel these days. i certainly don't wear a suit, and comfort is one thing, but i just don't get people who essentially wear pjs or don't even bother to do their hair. i can understand the no make up thing - but a little lip gloss goes a long way!

Ms. B said...

All so lovely but that suit is just gorgeous!!

Gladys said...

I want the luggage. Reminds me of the luggage in Joe Vs The Volcano.

Gertie said...

There must be something in the air today . . . I just blogged about sewing a 40's-inspired suit! Thanks for sharing these images. :)

Wearing History said...

Oh, these are great. I've really been wanting a nice late 40s/early 50s suit lately and these are quite inspiring!

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