Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fashion Lesson From the War Years - 1943

1943.  The world is enmeshed in war.  There's not a lot of money for new clothes.  It's the age of "make-do and mend."  The smart woman makes a fashion statement with what she has, combining her clothing in new and different ways, perhaps buying just a new red belt or gloves to co-ordinate with the black and white check dress she already owns.  She piles on all the bracelets she can find and makes it work....with great success.

Can you make do today?  Do you really need something new to make a fashion statement?  Reach for an old favorite in your closet and combine it in a new way with accessories you already own.  Don't spend your money on fast fashion garments that will fall apart, fade, shrink and pill.  The vintage in your closet has stood the test of time.  It was made with far better fabrics and construction techniques than anything you can purchase today. 

Wear a classic.  Wear vintage.

Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper's Bazaar, 1943.