What I Wore On Wednesday - October 8, 2014

by mary October 8, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a fabulous deep blue dress from the 1940's with a lovely neckline & 4 rows of pink-purple zig-zag ribbon trim all across the skirt.  The original belt was missing, but I found the belt I'm wearing at the shop several months after I got the dress -- I'm guessing it's from the 1980's but that's ok as it matches the ribbon trim perfectly!  One of my favorite things about this dress is that it reminds me very much of a dress my mother wore when I was little.

Fashion in the early 40's was influenced heavily by World War II, both out of necessity & also respect for the war effort.  Some materials, for example, were rationed.  Iconic features of the 1940's included padded shoulders & side zippers (although the zipper was first introduced in clothing in the 1930's, it wasn't until the 1940's that it was commonly used in women's clothing.)  In 1947, Chrisian Dior introduced the "New Look" with the emphasis on rounded shoulders, narrow waistline & fuller skirts, such as the one on this dress.

With this dress, I decided to wear one of the necklaces I made recently -- it features a pendant with lavender & blue crystal beads & rhinestones that came in a lot of "for repair" vintage jewelry that I picked up at a flea market.  For the chain, I used blue blue crystal beads from another "for repair" necklace, as well as amethyst gemstone beads.

I also wore one of my French-themed charm bracelets -- this one features th eSacre-Coeur Basilica, a fleur de lis, a French coin, grapes, a French poodle & a religious medal of St. Therese of Liseux.  I used purple beads to complement the purple grapes.

And for earrings, I wore a pair I made with amethyst & tiger eye gemstones -- I especially like the shape of the tiger eyes on these earrings!

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading and for supporting small businesses!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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