Friday, August 19, 2011

Fashion Radar: 40's Revival for Fall

There is an obvious trend among small and large retailers for fall/winter 2011. The 40's and 50's are calling. Answer the phone, the dial phone that is. Polka dots, knee and ankle hemlines, bows, elbow length gloves, pill box hats. They are all back and evident in major brand's shows and ads for Fall. You can wear this trend without looking like a Lucille Ball Halloween costume. Break up the looks with skinny jeans or use the accessories to modernize your classic, black dress or standard work go-to outfit.Things to keep in mind when achieving this look: 1)Pay attention to hemlines. The skirts should be pencil or be full and hit the knee or in between the knee and half.  2) The look is identifiable by collars and buttons. Keep the collars rounded and small and buttoned up. Whether it be a blouse or dress.  3) Accessories are lady like and polished. Good leather and satin is a must. Forget Mad Men. Be a Mad Woman.

This ad campaign from Kate Spade for fall sums up this look that is classic and wearable. Pill hat optional.
Marc Jacobs took polka dots to a new level with their fashion show designs were head to toe in the dots, even a padded pill box hat. The hemlines and suiting was hugely influenced by the 40's for this fall/winter.

Even mega house, Louis Vuitton's fall ad campaign captured some collars that scream 1940's revival. This look no matter the designer is modern and nostalgic  at the same time. Dig through your grandma's chests and you may be surprised what you will wear this season!



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