Sunday, January 1, 2017
Sunday Spotlight: Style Me Vintage 1940s
As someone who tends to haunt Amazon's selection of fashion history books, I had often seen various titles in the Style Me Vintage series pop up on my radar. I finally decided to pick up a copy of the 1940's styling guide to see what the series was like and determine if they were something I wanted to add to my fashion library.
The book was helpfully laid out in sections; on make-up, hair styling, fashion, lingerie etc. Each section gave a good overview of the styles for the 1940's, focusing on both wartime and post war fashions. Author Liz Tregenza obviously knows her stuff (as anyone who follows her excellent Instagram knows) and I think the balance of historic background and photos was really well done. The book covers British fashion of the 1940's more than other resources I have come across which was a nice change of pace from the more usual focus on Hollywood style. As I know less about both wartime fashions and British 40's styles, I found the rationing information really interesting.
So will I be picking up the other volumes in the series? Honestly probably not. Though the book gives a great overview of 1940s fashion and style, for someone who has already been researching 20th century fashion at length for years there just isn't enough bang for the buck. I would really like a more step by step vintage styling book to get ideas for putting outfits together, what hat to wear with what suit, what colors were often paired with navy in the 1940s, rules about when exactly it was appropriate to wear straw hats throughout the year, more examples of prints or common color combinations and that sort of thing. I suppose I used to read modern fashion magazines that gave such advice (several ways of styling one dress or blouse for example) and was hoping for more "styling" advice as opposed to a straight up overview of the era.
Still, I think Style Me Vintage 1940s is a wonderfully well put together book with great tips for people just getting into 1940's or vintage styles. The personal style snaps from the author's family were one of the best parts, and the focus on regular everyday style as opposed to Hollywood glam or particularly pin-up styles was really welcome.
Have any of you picked up any of the Style Me Vintage books? What did you think? Let me know in ze comments :)