The clothes of the Thirties were capricious, narcissistic and extravagant — the jazz of the Twenties turning soft, like swing – but with the wartime Forties they necessarily became austere and functional.
To compensate, the details kept their extravagance – shirred waists, sweetheart necks, floppy sleeves, Veronica Lake hair.
On this and the following pages we have a minor Forties revival – minor because these clothes are strictly 1968, when women want to dress both practically and frivolously.
I do not endorse this copy, because I would not agree about the clothes of the Thirties being ‘narcissistic’, but I do endorse the photos and the clothes.
1929: Days of the boater, the blazer and the beautiful young man. White was the rage. That year Harper’s Bazaar said, ‘White, of course, we always have with us.’ We still have. In Deauville and on the Cap d’Antibes, beach pajamas were the thing. Now trousers go everywhere. Ken Scott’s white crêpe trouser suit, single breasted over wide pants with turn-ups; to order at Fortnum & Mason. Graham Smith’s white buckled turban; £21 18s at Fortnum & Mason. White sandals; 8½ gns, Russell & Bromley.
Photographed by Jeanloup Sieff. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers Bazaar, October 1969