I recently bought the book Style Me Vintage 1940s by Liz Tregenza. This was a nice quick read for me.
This book has been on my wishlist for quite a while, and I recently decided to make it a reality, Now a lot of the information in this book is basic, and not very in depth. I did learn from the book, however, The book includes some basic tutorials for make up and hairstyles. There is such a wealth of overwhelming information out there for vintage make up and hairstyles that I appreciated only a limited amount of tutorials to give a start to understanding the greater depth of hair and make up fashion. I also enjoyed the back story of what was happening to the make up industry during the war.
A lot of the book is full of history (fashion, rationing, austerity measures, jewelry, etc.) rather than how-to's, although there are some basic guides for dressing vintage. I like a lot of step-by-step instructions and do this, do that orders, but I think Liz Tregenza has recognized that in order to dress well in vintage you need to understand the backstory of history. I know that the better I understand the history and do research into the times, the better I will be able to replicate the 1940's look.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a basic understanding of the history of fashion during the 1940's and how to start dressing in a vintage way.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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