Vintage glamour with a hint of 1940’s…

My love of all things vintage and old is great; my love for the 1940’s is greater.

It must truly be the most glamours and saddest era – the hair, the clothes, the make-up, I love it all!!

Here are a few tips for capturing the glamour of the Second World War fashion for your self. I bring you this lovely 1940’s inspired shoot, perfect to blow away the winter blues.

I’ll be giving you great tips on how to create this sophisticated appeal of the 1940’s with Faux furs and seductive pencil skirts. There’s no possible way to look more glamour’s this winter if we tried.

I mean what’s not to love about fashion from the 40’s? It’s by far my favorite decade and more shoots inspired by the glamour to come.

Faux Fur Coats, Pencil skirts: Charity Shops

Wooly jumper, Red Blouse: Vintage

Belt: Car boot sale

Tights: Topshop

Red Hat: Accessories

Shoes: Second hand

Don’t worry: the 1940’s bombshell look can be yours! Just follow these simple rules –

Rule one – Autumn and primary colors are your best bet for getting your 1940’s glam on. Chocolate, navy, black, burgundy, cardinal red, royal blue, and golden caramels are just a few great choices. Stay away from horrid neons, brights, and other gaudy or boring palettes. If it’s not luxurious, why wear it?

Rule two – Wear well-tailored clothes: Bombshells were experts at settling for a just-right fit. Don’t get caught in slouchy get-ups. World War II vixens always strutted around in clothes that properly fit them—nothing too loose. Of course, the reverse is true, too. Too-tight clothes will not only come across as vampish but they’ll also be uncomfortable. You want to look subtle and lady-like. The pencil skirt was key for this, fitted and sexy yet lady like.

Rule three – Elegant hosiery (tights) from fishnets to wool stockings, look for standard black fishnets and sheer tights in dark colours, seams running up the middle of the back of legs is also an elegant but fun version to wear.

Rule four – Stick to classic make-up, the simplest advice for maintaining that 1940’s look is avoiding trendy colours. Stick to black or brown mascara and eyeliner, pink or red lipstick and blusher in natural shades of pink. Eyelash curlers are key to creating glamour’s eyes. Choose one feature to really highlight- I suggest the lips and downplay everything else.

Rule five – Hair should be loose curls which were all the range during the 40’s, there are lots of fab up does which involve pining hair up, an easy way to create this look is to pin back one side over the ear. Straight shoulder-length hair with blunt bangs (fringes) is ideal to.

Rule six – Period style jewelry – like pearls and lockets, the trick, however, is to only wear a couple of pieces at a time so they don’t compete with each other.

Styling – Amy Purfield-Clark -Shoot name Magpie Vintage

Photographer – Simon Clark

Models – Faye & Wendy



  1. fefe
    January 19, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    Its me. Loving this blog amy baby!

    • January 20, 2010 / 10:34 am

      Glad you like it! Must do some more shoots if your up for it!!! x

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