This Autumn 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 sophisticated heel Stephanie…
As previously explored in my 1950s piece with Donna heels, the 1950s were a decade of unabashed femininity. However, the 1940s told quite a different story. WW2 dominated the decade of the 1940s, with the effects saturating all areas of people’s lives. Rationing and the Utility Scheme dictated and influenced clothing choices.
During this time, a make do and mend approach and mindset swept the country. Designers began exploring new ways in which materials may be utilised, replacing the more traditional textiles and fibres.
The Stephanie heels perfectly embody the innovative designs of the 1940s. The lattice-effect elastic not only provides visual interest, but allows the shoes to fit securely whilst maintaining the level of comfort Hotter are celebrated for. The rounded toes evoke the utilitarian styles of the decade, whilst upholding their attractive appeal.
I decided to create a late 1940s style, evoking the years 1948-1949. I teamed a vintage inspired suit with a cream embroidered blouse, opting for red accessories to brighten the overall look. I styled my hair into a ‘Poodle’ hairdo, a popular hairstyle of the period favored by wartime pin-up Betty Grable. To finish the look, I added an original 1940s halo hat, which I pinned into place.
The Stephanie heels are so versatile, and instantly lend an air of understated style to many outfits. The curved block heel is both practical and attractive – I was able to walk on cobbled streets easily without doing myself a mischief!
The Stephanie heels are available in black leather (the style I chose), maroon suede or navy suede. Whichever colour you choose, Stephanie will ensure you look stylish whilst feeling blissfully comfortable!
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.