Friday, July 31, 2015

"Style Show Salutes Navy"

Although the article below indicates the last fashion styles for spring 1941, they can easily work for a summer wardrobe as well. Who doesn't enjoy vintage nautical fashions? I've included LOTS of pictures in this post! Enjoy!!

Looking shipshape and fabulous, 1939. #vintage 1930s 1940s summer nautical vintage fashion style color photo print ad model magazine 40s shorts casual sportswear jeans scarf tshirt
Sailor girl, 1940s | For more Naughty Nautical, click here:

From the Dallas Morning News, January 9, 1941.
First Spring Style Show Salutes Navy. Anchors Aweigh Played as Models Parade at Lunch. By Alma Cunningham.
The United States Navy got a salute Wednesday noon in the first Neiman-Mercus spring style show at the Baker Hotel Mural Room, and well they might for all that fashion has borrowed from the sailor's uniform. To the tune of Anchors Aweigh, pretty models tripped across the platform where two of Uncle Sam's sailors stood with a rigidity that would have shamed a cigar store Indian, only to follow a cutie wearing one of the new middy-blouse dresses.

1930s Dress / Late 30s Tie Front Sailor Dress by GuermantesVintage Women's vintage spring summer fashion history historical clothing nautical
The middy, the veritable uniform for girls a decade or more ago, pops up again this season in various adaptations for women with an egle eye on high fashion. Two styles were featured in the show, one a white crepe dress, short sleeved, with an all-around knife-pleated skirt and a navy blue sailor's collar, the other a navy blue sheer woolen with long sleeves, wide pleats at the front and back of the skirt, and a red neckerchief.

A lovely 1940s sailor inspired outfit and rolled updo.
Nautical picnic: paper plate ad, 1941.  Maker: Nickolas Muray.  George Eastman House Collection.
1940s  Nautical Fashion: 1940S Woman, 1940S Dresses, Sailors Dresses, 1940S Nautical, 1940S Fashion, 1940S Forty, 1940S Style, 1940 S Fashion, 1940S Sailors
Life Magazine, 1940
Miami Beach Fashion 1940
Miami Beach Fashion 1940 Life magazine
Lots of great images from Life Magazine, 1940, winter on Miami Beach.
 Life Magazine, 1940
Hollywood starlets, Barbara Bates, Karen Randle, Poni Adams, Kerry Vaughn and Jean Trent c. 1945
Hollywood starlets, Barbara Bates, Karen Randle, Poni Adams, Kerry Vaughn and Jean Trent c. 1945
"Sailor Girl" 1930s/1940s :::: Looks just like my grandmother did in the late 4o's!
Slender Line Retained.
The slender line of skirts, even in all-around pleated ones, has been carefully retained.Those of the wide pleats have been designated with straight panels at the sides to give an illusion of slenderness, a neat bit of strategy from the fashion front.

A mess-jacketed suit in a navy blue woolen with spaced red pin stripes, braided lapels, eagles on hats, gold buttons on jackets, Fleur-de-lis and the chevron on sleeves, little caps worn gob-fashion on the back of the head - these are fashion's newest pets.

Solid rows of silver one-inch buttons are used by Louise Barnes Gallagher on one of her navy blue mesh suits. The suit shown had a straight skirt, topped by a jacket with sloping shoulders. Rows of buttons marched down the front of the jacket, across the top of the two pockets, and sailed around the outside of the sleeves just below the shoulder line.

Navy ensembles for the the most part were shown with navy accessories, and relied on the sparkling golf emblems or the buttons for the accent. However, there was a sprinkling of navy with yellow, with bright Kelly green, with brilliant red, and again with the palest of beige.

1940s headscarves, hair poking out bottom
Adorable 1940s nautical fashions from Life magazine.
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1940s nautical fashions from Life magazine

"Yeomanette" shoes Sears, 1941 Tuppence Ha'penny: 1940 S, 1940S Fashion, Vintage Fashion, Nautical Shoes, 1940S Shoes, Nautical Fashion, Sailors Style, 40S 50S, 1941 Seared
"Yeomanette" shoes Sears, 1941
Kedettes Womens Shoes (1941)
Simple Navy Dress.
A simple navy dress, for instance, was worn under a casual beige coat, and the model's shoes were red. A double-breasted navy blue dress with a cowhide belt was worn with a white camel's-hair coat, the sleeve of which sported a sparkling gold Fleur-de-lis.
Another ensemble combined a pink and white printed crepe dress topped by a navy blue coat lined with the dress crepe and the model wore a pale blue felt hat stabbed with a tiny red feather a the front of the upturned brim. A jaunty Kelly green jacket was worn with a straight navy skirt and white blouse. The green was repeated in the band around a navy hat.
Cite for evening wear, come daffodil time, were short red wool capes over white dinner dresses, navy blue capes with red linings and gold emblems, worn over white wool dinner dresses with gold epaulets.


Life Magazine, 1940


  1. Oh, I love sailor styles! There is just such a dash and sophistication to them while being so casual.

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  2. What beautiful clothes and pictures. I love the nautical look, it's so classic.


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