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Fashions for January 1939

I always think it’s interesting to get an idea of what fashions were like before the war to see how they changed, and to see what women may have already had in their closets.  So today, some prewar fashions from January 1939 and advice on how to dress.

Actress Joan Fontaine in ruffled  dress, 1939

Actress Joan Fontaine in ruffled dress, 1939

  

Schiaperlli

Actess Priscilla Lane in a gold evening dress, 1939

Actess Priscilla Lane in a gold evening dress, 1939

 

   

Farmers

  
A stylish hat and gloves change the look of a black dress

A stylish hat and gloves change the look of a black dress

 

 

vintage hats

What ever happened to our love affair with hats?

  

the versitile little black dress, ever popular

Long full dresses for evenin were all the rage in 1939

Long full dresses for evenin were all the rage in 1939

Wool was always a popular fabric in Australia, Simmer and Winter

louise campbell

Full Aline below knee 30s skirt

Shoes for Summer 1939

Shoes for Summer 1939

Black and white vening dresses 1939

Black and white vening dresses 1939

Evening dresses 1939

Evening dresses 1939

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About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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  1. I love hats. I don’t wear them as much as I could. Maybe that’ll be my resolution for 2016.
    The skirts of these styles have so much material in drapes and pleats. I just read that there was no rationing on the materials for hats (in the US), so a gal could really accessorize and change one dress with several different hats. Fun blog post. Thanks

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  2. Those three pair of shoes in the “Paris Snapshots” would not look out of place today.

    My mom NEVER went to church without a hat. She died in 2011 and left behind about a dozen hats of various styles. My grandmother didn’t wear them very often, although she admired them, especially the designer she called Lily Da-shee.

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