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How to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

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Tips on how to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

 

A while back I wrote an in-depth article about Femme Fatale depicted in 19th and 20th-century art focusing on literature and painting. In this, considerably lighter post, I would like to show you how to create a 1940s Femme Fatale look with original 1940s clothes as well as modern reproductions.

 

I don’t believe that there is one quintessential Femme Fatale look. Black seems to be always the preferred choice of colour for those trying to imitate the style of a Hollywood Fatale woman, but I suspect that it’s only because most of the iconic 1940s films were shot in black and white.  I bet that you will get a bit of a shock next time you watch; The Postman Always Rings Twice, Leave Her to Heaven or Double Indemnity were the sirens wore a lot of white!

A brief history of CC41-The Utility Clothing Scheme

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A brief history of CC41 – The Utility Clothing Scheme

I’ve been fascinated by the history of the Utility Clothing Scheme in Britain for years and I have a very strong penchant for buying garments with the CC41 logo, even multiples of the same item. What can I tell you, I can never resist, yet another pair of 1940s knickers or a teddy. It’s simply beyond my control!

Considering my large, and yet, still growing collection of clothes and lingerie bearing the CC41 tag, some might say that I’m a little bit obsessed with it. I, however, prefer the word passionate.

CC41 Utility Clothing Scheme vintage lingerie

Just a sample of my 1940s lingerie collection bearing the CC41 mark.

When in doubt, wear a Handmacher suit!

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When in doubt, wear a Handmacher suit!

I’m a huge fan of vintage skirt suits, and if you are curious about the reasons, read my article about the 1940s-1950s suits.  I don’t look for any particular brands when searching for a new addition to my growing suit collection. With the exception of the Taylored by Handmacher suits! You can see in the picture below, an example of one of my lovely 1950s Handmacher suits. The exact same one, at least style-wise, was featured in Harper’s Bazaar from 1952.

 

1950s suit woman

In the picture on the left, I’m wearing the 1952 Handmacher suit, that appeared in Harper’s Bazaar ad.