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Posted by Stibbons (Member # 2515) on August 24, 2009, 04:28:
So apparently, I'm going to a 1940's themed ball next week. Only problem is, I have no idea what 1940's male fashion was in the UK, and Google is no help whatsoever other than "wear a hat". I'm hoping one of you guys may be able to help? And no military dress ideas - it's a military ball full of military people, so I don't want people coming and asking me questions, especially given my general dislike of military types (other than the very tasty RAF lady who tried to recruit me the other day... But that's another story...)
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on August 24, 2009, 04:35:
Go zazou. (; for an image; also use google image.) That will show clearly your affiliation.
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on August 24, 2009, 04:49:
Google for Foyles War for lots of early 1940s fashion pics.

Bonus points if you go dressed as Sam.
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on August 24, 2009, 09:29:
Did the zoot suit ever make it overseas?

Also, there's [url='s]'s[/url] Granted, it has a US slant, but if you're going for the early 40's, when everyone was fighting, it has some good tips. I think the key is to remember to wear a hat and a tie and keep the suit simple.

ETA: Okay, I've tried six times now to fix the UBB code on that link. The edit is not taking. First I did the spiffy thing where you do the bracket-url=yadda yadda-close bracket words bracketed /url. But I made my classic mistake of putting a space between the = sign and the url. So I've tried to delete it and no joy. Then I tried to just link to the url without being spiffy and y'all can see that result. I hit "edit post" and the post gets reposted with the erroroenous url tag. Even after I deleted the whole thing and tried again. I put the url in my post by copying and pasting - is there some issue that's magically appeared and now we can't do that anymore?

I suppose technically I could try it again using Firefox but I am alarmed that a Mac-friendly site has suddenly started being mean to Safari.
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on August 24, 2009, 09:48:

Shit, I tried the Link code and it got all screwy on my. Must be something in the code. Hopefully a plain link will work.

Also look up period movies and movie stars. They will give you a general idea on the styles of the time.
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on August 24, 2009, 09:52:'s

Link really fixed (sorta)

Also, My suggestion... not -quite- 40s, but it's close and has a nice geek factor added.
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on August 24, 2009, 09:58:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Did the zoot suit ever make it overseas?

Actually, the "zazou" style was the French equivalent of the zoot suit - with the most notable difference that the pants are slim rather than large. [Geek]
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on August 24, 2009, 11:28:
I guess I can see that, Stereo. In my mind though, it was the pants that made the zoot suit what it was...and if you're going for the war-in-progress look, the patriots won't like it if you show up in a zoot suit. It was considered wasteful. Though it looks like (and I barely almost, not-quite remember enough French to read the zazou link) while the zazou also had a non-conformist edge, it had the very noble purpose of annoying the occupiers and their sympathizers.

Of course, you can also dress like Bogie. [Big Grin]
Posted by Mr. Geek 2U (Member # 28663) on August 24, 2009, 20:17:
Hello Stibbons!

I have an idea for you. It comes from some friends of mine that worked on big motion picture productions when Hollywood fancied a city I once lived in. These friends were producers of TV commercials.

Well two of the films were period pieces. One was based in the 1920s and the other in the early 1950s. Wanna know where they got a lot of costumes? At a used clothing store near a community with lots of older people.

The older folks would clear out their closets and some of the stuff was just great! I'd buy it for my wardrobe just to have fun.

So check out some places that might specialize in period clothing. The good ones can give you great direction and get you looking sharp enough to sit under the apple tree with all three Andrews sisters! Just don't tell the bugle boy from Company B!

Oh yeah. Dit dot dittom dottom wattum achoo!

I got a gal in K-A-L-A-M-Z-O-O!

Mr. Geek 2U

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