Creating a 1940s Summertime Look with Wiltshire Shoes

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A vintage look with a Hotter twist

This Spring vintage blogger Jenny takes us through the decades, showcasing her favourite Hotter styles to suit her vintage outfits. In her third post for the season Jenny creates a 1940s inspired look with cute T-bar Wiltshire…

Due to fabric restrictions, clothing regulations and shortages, the 1940s were a decade of innovation. During the war years, designers and manufacturers had to deliver garments and products that complied with the regulations of the time, whilst still producing practical, fashionable designs.

With limited options available, versatility became a key factor in the consumption of clothing and accessory purchases. Suits, which could be worn together or as separates, knitwear and blouses were all popular wardrobe staples.

To create this casual 1940s summertime look, I was inspired by leisure outfits of the later years of the decade. Whilst the 1940s can be seen as a decade in which formal wear truly shone, leisure wear of this time was equally attractive – and arguably more accessible in recreating a 1940s style today.

 

 

 

The Wiltshire shoes are the perfect combination of vintage inspired 1940s styling, with the all important comfort factor. I decided to create this late 1940s look using pieces from modern day retailers – again proving that to create a vintage inspired style, it is not always necessary to utilise true vintage items. To add individuality to the look, I added a vintage sun hat, along with vintage spectacle frames.

I chose the Wiltshire shoes in Spice, which is a lovely muted red tone. They are also available in the equally versatile Navy and Truffle, the perfect additions to your summer wardrobe!

Wherever your adventures may take you this summertime, Wiltshire is an excellent choice to ensure you look stylish whilst remaining comfortable!

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Original Image Sources

Outfit Inspirations: Le Petit Echo de la Mode June 1947

Shoes: Femme Chic April 1948, Le Jardin des Modes August 1947, Le Jardin des Modes June 1940

About Jenny

Jenny Mearns from vintage fashion blog https://missjennyfrances.wordpress.com/ is a historical fashion consultant, writer and lingerie designer.

Her love of clothing often sees her wearing her own creations and designs. When not in her sewing and design studio, she can be found along the seafront admiring the views of the South coast.

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