How-To: Add 40's-Inspired Pieces to your Wardrobe

givenchy-ss12-paris-1085-177942054_large_flexThere are very few pieces which stand the test of time, with the exception of shift dresses from the 60's, wrap dresses made famous by designer Diane Von Furstenberg and your quintessential pencil skirt. An era which has provided many women with fashion inspiration includes the 40's, an era known for its femininity, classically tailored fit and strong, broad shoulders. The padded and puffed shoulder dominated the dress of that era, whether it be on dresses, blouses or a silk gown. For a modern take on this vintage-inspired look, we've brought you some pieces which you can elegantly incorporate into your wardrobe! Peplum - the best way to describe this trend is a short over-skirt usually attached to a fitted jacket or blouse. Retailers and designers have saturated this ultra-feminine design in many different ways - but we're absolutely adoring this Givenchy number, seen on the runways of 2012. Its nude tones are reminiscent of the 40's era, while the subtle ruffles along the peplum detailing adds glamour and femininity to this classic piece. Pair with a classic white pencil skirt and black t-strap pumps for a refined, modern look. image4xl

Most notably known for its demure quality, the peter pan collar is anything but. The key is looking for a peter pan collared blouse or dress that combines the vintage quality of the collar but ensuring the rest of the piece is modern. ASOS's dress combines both of the best worlds - the peter pan collar gives it a classic look, while the open back adds an unexpected and sexy twist to the dress. We love that you can combine this dress with knee-high boots for a relaxed, bohemian feel or with black stilettos for the ultimate night out.

Shoes were far and in between during the 40's, due to the political context of the era. For this reason, many shoes were expensive to manufacture and certain styles were available to a select few. One of the most coveted styles during this era were peep-toe pumps. Its classic, elegant silhouette is made sexy with its small showing of the skin. Gucci's leather peep-toe design features a t-strap for extra balance and a muted, jewel-toned color, reflective of the subtle tones of the 40's. Pair this with cropped skinnies and a peter-pan collar blouse for an office-appropriate look!