I use the name Ester, thougn it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30’s to mid 40’s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40’s homefront women and campus girls.
I´ve always been into some quirky, but down to earth style. When I first came across with vintage style, I only saw the things that people usually see: the most stereotypical things of some period. For example I mixed and matched the 60’s short dresses, 50’s full skirts and 70’s large sunglasses (not that it´s a bad thing!). Little by little my style advanced or as some might say restrained. Before I noticed, the style of 30’s and 40’s had engrossed me.
The picture on the right shows a different side of the war time fashion. This picture contains every single lovable (and quirky!) detail of the 40’s style: the mixing of bright colors and especially complementary colors, white ankle high socks (I don´t know what is the deal with the knee pads..?) with sandals, high heels, oxfords or moccasins, the knee length skirts and jackets that touch below the hips.
Of course I also love the stereotypical puff sleeved dresses. As You can see below. This picture was taken in summer 2011. I was visiting a huge (in finnish scale) thrifting event: Restaurantapäivät in Kangasala. Lots of antique, militaria, different kind of collectibles, clothing, jewelry and motorcycle and car parts are sold at the scene twice every summer.
My dress is an ”eighties does forties” dress from Etsy, huge handbag (convenient to carry all the purchases around!) is from the 50’s or 60’s. The hat, the sword shaped brooch and the shoes are the real deal. All are found from Fida (a mission fleemarket chain). The most interesting piece is the hat. It seems to have been remade in the war time. Maybe the owner of the time got bored and wanted to reshape it? It reminds me of the ”halo-hats”.