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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.

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