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I love taking a peek at street style in the 1940's, as a window into history.   What a charmingly attired young woman above.

 

Casual, but stylishly jaunty:

 

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I like all the knit sweater vests guys used to sport then.

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Snugly clad against cooler temps.  Except for those precious little bare chunky baby legs!

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Dapper.

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She could be dating the guy above!

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Upscale....

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Different moods for different guys.

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You can almost see in her glance, her concern for her serviceman love--

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Fitted floral dress, pretty.

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Kool kat.  Wonder if this is a variation on the "zoot suit"?

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Lively clothing details. I always enjoy the shoulder emphasis in Forties' clothes.  Very Rosalind Russell!

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And here's how a few modern dressers have incorporated Forties' elements into their contemporary looks:

 

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From what I remember reading, the woman above is sporting mostly authentic vintage elements. I think she looks darling-- love her high-waisted tweed trousers.

 

See how the modern guy in the center has adapted the Forties' knit vest look.

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Yet another contemporary dresser, who has creatively incorporated Forties' (or Forties' -inspired) elements and looks adorable:

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Classic styles. Love the pill box hats and the Bobbie soxer and the spectator pumps. Great post @Oznell  thanks 

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It's amazing how many of those styles from the 1940's can still be worn today.

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I don't know why but I love the 1940 era.  Maybe, because I was born in that decade.

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They all look so put together, hate how no one dresses anymore.  

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I love the 40's styles, especially the shoes.

 

My mother had a few pairs in her closet when I was very young.  I used to love to put them on over my shoes and walk in them.

 

I wish those styles would come back. Spectator shoes and cute pumps with straps...saddle shoes.  Big masculine modern boots and shoes do not float my boat.

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Thank you @Oznell, that was fun.

 

I like 1940's tailored, but still feminine style.  Shoulder pads a must.

 

 

 

 

 

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Love these clothes, especially the shoes. 

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I loved every one of these @Oznell ! Thanks so much for sharing.  From looking at old pics, I can see that my mom very much had that Lauren Bacall hairdo going on in the 40s.

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@Carmie wrote:

I love the 40's styles, especially the shoes.

 

My mother had a few pairs in her closet when I was very young.  I used to love to put them on over my shoes and walk in them.

 

I wish those styles would come back. Spectator shoes and cute pumps with straps...saddle shoes.  Big masculine modern boots and shoes do not float my boat.


I did that exact same thing.  I have such clear memories of putting on my mothers high heels over my own little shoes.

 

It's such a sweet memory.  I love the forties.