Vintage Women’s Suits – Decades of Style
With the interest in vintage items including vintage clothing, it is no surprise that vintage women’s suits are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Not only can you shop for one-of-a-kind garments on the Internet or at boutiques in many areas, but you can find vintage inspired suits created by the most popular designers of today. The real vintage suits are popular items on eBay, as well. Because there are so many decades of clothing that is roughly categorized as ‘vintage’ it is difficult to generalize about any particular characteristic that qualifies a suit as vintage. Here are some of the features that are found listed by the decade.
Vintage women’s suits produced in the 1940s tended to be fairly severe in cut and design, since many of the materials were rationed for use in the war effort during the first half of the decade. Many of the vintage suits available were created from wool or other natural fabric. They featured a jacket nipped in at the waist and often include shoulder padding to sometimes extreme lengths. Although the jacket was fitted, it usually extended to the hips. Skirts are straight and often extended to mid calf or below.
With the 1950s, women were enjoying a chance to dress up with a new wardrobe and take part in activities that had been put on hold during the years of World War II. Dress suits still tended to have shoulder pads and a nipped in waist, but the skirts were less confining and moved from mid calf to below the knee in length. A few designers began to make use of manmade fabrics in their designs, although wool, crepe, silk and linen were more common. Knit suits with a cardigan or two piece sweater set topping a pencil skirt were also popular.
Source by Katie Robbins