Saturday, 7 January 2012

How to style a vintage 30s spring wardrobe

I know printemps hasn't exactly sprung yet, but I do hear birds singing every bright January morning and some of my shrubs and roses have been flowering all winter long, so a good excuse to turn to a spring wardrobe planning article from a vintage French Marie Claire magazine dating to April 1937.

This is a delightful mix-and-match spring wardrobe feature.  I have scanned the two pages which show how you can achieve 12 ensembles using the basic 8 wardrobe items.  As the magazine is in quite a large format, it was a little difficult to fit the pages onto my A4 scanner (shopping time for an A3 scanner maybe??), so I have scanned and cropped the garment illustrations for the purposes of composing your toilettes.  Note the cute bows at H and I - if you would like to make a bow tie to use as a spring accessory (wear it round your hat or at the neck of a smart blouse), check out my blog post with instructions on making a bow tie out of a redundant neck tie.

A la prochaine ...



  1. I would love any or all of these outfits!Looking forward to the spring is the only thing keeping me going at the moment..I have roses and crocuses in flower at the moment.

  2. I love the colors! Such pretty, bright combinations. It makes spring feel a little closer ;)

  3. I know, I love the 30s fashions, probably my favourite era ever!! Sadly I am not 6 inches taller & 6 inches slimmer so I cannot do the clothes from that time justice ... oh well, I love the accessories & enjoy wearing them as much as I can.


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