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How to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!


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


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.