Todays spotlight is on the blouse. A wardrobe classic, it is the perfect garment to wear with this winters 1940s look. Elegant and simple it looks perfect with a pencil skirt, wide leg trousers and even with your jeans.
And you don’t have to actually find a 1940s version..there are loads of great vintage blouses out there from all eras to help you create the look.
One of the 1940s looks was utility: crisp white blouses were worn with trousers or skirts creating a functional look. They were quite masculine in style often with breast pockets and uncovered buttons.
For a more feminine look, women wore light weight blouses with rounded Peter Pan collars. Buttons were often concealed with fine belts added to highlight their curves. Some styles were collarless with a small bow at the neckline.
They were worn at work, in the fields, baking, going out….the blouse was an everyday item long before the introduction of the basic T.
Pretty patterns were seen but nothing too bright. Polka dots and small flowers were on blouses as well as dresses.
These images come from 1940s Woman’s Own magazines.
We have some lovely ones in stock in our eBay shop at the moment and a lot more coming this week. Whether it has a pussy bow neckline, gentle padding at the shoulders, is belted, has ballooned sleeves or patterned…one thing is for sure this autumn. We all should be wearing a blouse.