It was a time of war, female empowerment, and bold fashion. The 1940s came before the blissful, apple-pie days of the '50s, but after the glitz and fervor of the '20s and '30s, making the decade imperative in the stabilization of the country. During the time, more women were working than ever before, and their sense of style reflected this newfound professionalism.
We greatly admire the ladies of the era for their strength, resilience, and timeless fashion. If you're looking to get inspired by vintage trends, we recommend taking a look at these stunning examples influenced by 1940s fashion:
The glamorous 1940s put a lot of emphasis on a mix of modesty and understated femininity. Basing your wedding-day fashion on this delicate era means selecting sleeved gowns and A-line frames.
That lace, the buttoned back, the train: this classic gown brings the bold style of the decade into the 21st century. Photo by Cassi Claire Photography
Light, pinned-back curls were all the rage during this era of women entering the workforce whilst maintaining their feminine charm.
This bride chose soft curls swept back into an elegant updo that echoes the glamour of 1940s movie stars. Photo by KLK Photography
This exquisite bridal bun inspires thoughts of women assisting the troops in Hawaii during the war. Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography
Sleek buckles on soft, pale leather make for an unrivaled subtly in your wedding-day aesthetic. Photo by Kris Kan
In a period with a great attention to the details, the rings, necklaces, bracelets, and pendants of the time reflected a fitting refinement.
This antique-looking hair comb bedecked in crystals creates an old Hollywood feel. Photo by Caroline Tran
To add a classic flair to your ensemble – or bouquet – brooches and pendants are ornate accessories indicative of the 1940s. Photo by Chris + Lynn Photographers