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The Vintage Guide To London | February 20, 2018

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What to wear to a 1940s vintage event

What to wear to a 1940s vintage event

Chaps, off to a vintage event in London soon? There’s the famous annual London Tweed Run coming up on the 14th May, with regular events like the Blitz Party and plenty of swing dances taking place weekly.

If you’re stuck for outfit inspiration, here are some sartorial suggestions for you, all perfect for a Forties period look.

The Fishtail Back Trousers (£99)
Based on an original pair of CC41 – government issued rationing trousers – this pair of pinstripe fishtail back trousers is perfect for a night of swing dancing. This style of trouser was worn by men of all ages throughout the 30s and through to the early 50s.

They sit high on the waist (compared to modern trousers) and are commonly worn with button braces.

The Waistcoat (£95)
If you’re looking for a matching waistcoat to go with the fishtail back trousers, then this revere four pocket version is the way to go. It’s a classic waistcoat based on an original from the late 1930s/ early 40s.

This is a fitted waistcoat, which can be tightened at the back with adjustable buckle. The revere collar gives it that extra detail so classic of the period.


The white shirt (£65)
No formal Forties look would be complete without a white shirt. Emulating a late Thirties to wartime look, this spearpoint collar shirt is loose fitting as was required at the time. It has a split V shaped yoke at the back which the body of the shirt fits into with a deep tuck at either side.

The arms are longer than modern styles (as was also the requirement of the time due to shirt sleeves all being one size) – hence why sleeve garters were often used to keep sleeves up.

Finish off the look with some original vintage accessories like a tie, tie clip, cufflinks, fedora and brogues. Victory Vintage in Bayswater, Fat Faced Cat in Islington, The Vintage Showroom in Seven Dials and Hunky Dory on Brick Lane all stock fantastic Forties vintage menswear and accessories.

This post is sponsored by fab online shop 20th Century Chap.