A day dress of any era is a versatile edition to any woman’s wardrobe. Accessorised appropriately, a day dress, whether it be 1930s or contemporary, can be worn to work, out shopping with friends or to a garden party or day time wedding.
I am a massive fan of the 1940s day dress, whether it by a utilitarian, practical shirtwaist design as seen above or a close fitting wiggle dress with swag hip and bow detail like that below.
My wardrobe is full of day dresses, mostly 1940s, as that is the style I like to wear most. I love colours and patterns, my most favourite dress is a 1940s pinafore dress in a wonderfully rich paisley pattern with a zipper front and tie back. I love it, and when it finally gives up on me I shall find myself some similar fabric and have one made using my dress as a pattern.
Another popular design was the peplum dress. The peplum being a flattering feature which comes with many variations. In its make up, the peplum is an overskirt of sorts it could be worn long or short, of even length or uneven. The peplum adds more than a little glamour to a day dress and is seen on the simplest and the most sophisticated of designs.
Below is a photograph of two smartly dressed women wearing day dresses that would be perfect for work wear. Both dresses are in the shirtwaist style, buttoning to the waist which is accentuated by a narrow belt. The wide shoulders are so typical or 1940s styling, as is the skirt length, falling just below the knee.
The woman below is again wearing a 1940s day dress with a feminine floral print and a wide waistband which creates an almost shelf bust. She wearing wedge sandals with ankle straps making this the perfect look for daytime dates or a casual wedding.
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