Because men looked pretty good in the forties, too.

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When I put together last weeks post, I started running into men’s fashions as well, and almost included a few at the end. Then I decided they deserved their own page, so here it is. from the bottom to the top.

Because men knew how to wear shoes back then and could have competed with their wives for closet space if so desired:


I must admit these just make me smile.

Perfect when suits are still in style:


And cigarettes are still healthy (ah, ignorance is bliss).

But note what he hangs over his arm. Never leave home without it!


Or the hat.

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You have to admit it looks a lot better than the usual ball cap commonly seen now. I give permission for men to bring this look back.

This one you have permission not to bring back, though these still lurk:

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Though I guess the almost solid colors in the middle aren’t too bad.

And you could hide it under a sweater:


Or a leather jacket. Timeless!


Now all you have left to do is style your hair just right.


So you can look like:


A sure way to impress the ladies!

Looking good in the 1940s!


For this week’s blog I thought a visual ensemble might be fun. This month I have been neck deep in the late forties as I write the third book in a post World War Two series I’ve been working on. I have easily come to the conclusion that they had a great sense of style back then.


Yes, I am fighting with that commandment “Thou shalt not covet.” Here’s a glimpse at some of the dresses I’ve been picking out for my heroine and her sister:


I love this one and chose it for the heroine’s sister to wear to her prom. I love the lace bodice.


My hubby likes the cut of this one.


I like the color on this one, as does the heroine. Unfortunately she can’t wear it as she’s a strawberry blond.


Perfect for the summer.


Yep, coveting again. This is her favorite dress.



Now for the hair. You have to love those victory curls!


Perfect for the big town dance when the boys start coming home from Europe. Especially if you’re going with the fiance you haven’t seen in four years.


And then the look to convince everyone in town that you’re completely over him.

And for all those days in between:

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I think the most painful part of my research is the price point for all of this:

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