Fashion has a particular quality that only a few other things (like literature and music) possess. Fashion is one of the few forms of expression that can really take one to another time and another place, and I think that’s part of why I love it. Clothes can also influence one’s mood and emotions, which adds to their escapist power. It’s fascinating that through a simple choice of clothes and accessories, I can dress as if I am from a different country, or even a different century. Since- barring the invention of a time machine- I will never make it to the 1940s, it’s something of a comfort that I can at least dress and feel like I’m from the ’40s when I wish to!
Maison Martin Margiela brown v neck cardigan / Reiss fitted shirt / Knee length circle skirt / Crown Vintage vintage pumps / Burberry purse / Kate Spade logo watch / Yvel jewelry / Bridal necklace
This outfit is not specifically ’40s, but it instead demonstrates the ability of fashion to allude to bygone days and to create an incredibly nuanced mood. I put together this ensemble with English country houses in mind; considering also the glamour of the 1930s and the character of traditional country pursuits such as hunting and riding. Luxury comes from the lacy top and striking pearl jewellery, while an earthy contrast is introduced by the practical tweed skirt and claret cardigan. The theme of yesteryear is reinforced through the leather Oxford shoes and Burberry handbag, with their exquisite craftsmanship and undeniably vintage feel. I imagine that an outfit such as this would be ideal for a weekend at any English country house; suited just as wonderfully for a Pimm’s-fueled game of croquet on the lawn as for an afternoon browsing the house’s library.