I’ve been following The House of Foxy and their beautiful designs for many years now, even from back when they were called 20th Century Foxy. I’ve always loved how their focus is more of the true reproduction vintage and that they offer so many lovely 30s and 40s styles as well as the 50s and even 60s.
With a upcoming shoot at the fabulous 1940s wartime themed Cahoots Bar in London, it seemed like the perfect place to shoot this House of Foxy ensemble.
Now I don’t for a second revel in the idea of living though the war. I think sometimes it can be romanticized in the vintage community but I’m sure the reality was hardship many of us have never known. But, the great thing about living in 2017 is that we can be inspired by things in history as long as they are done tastefully and with respect. It’s for this reason that I love this outfit so much – it’s a great showcase for 1940s fashion with a little bit of that WW2 utilitarian feel.
The 1940s Americana Button Down Jacket is actually based off a deadstock American jacket from the war. It’s strong shoulders, nipped in waist, contrast stitching and shell buttons create such a iconic silhouette and the fit is just wonderful. Plus, it’s made from a medium weight wool for warmth and has a beautiful floral lining on the inside! I absolutely adore everything about this jacket and I can’t wait to wear it once the temperature goes up a few degrees – I feel like it’s going to be that perfect weight for the transitioning months between winter and spring.
I’m wearing a size 12 which when comparing my measurements to the size chart, was the best choice. I have no complaints on the fit – the bust fits nicely without being too baggy or shapeless and the waist nips me in beautifully. I love the shape of the collar and the bishop style sleeve with button cuff, the whole thing just pulls together wonderfully.
The 1940s Americana Button Down Jacket is available in sizes 10-16 and retails for £149
To pair with the Americana Jacket, I chose the 40s Whirlaway Skirt in Red. This a-line shape is typical of 1940s fashion especially when fabric was scarce and women had to ‘make do and mend’. So, the Whirlaway was the obvious choice! The bright pop of red helps to liven out the outfit and the ivory shell buttons on the side really tie in nicely with the jacket. Made out of a poly/viscose/spandex crepe, this skirt has a lovely flow to it, doesn’t wrinkle too easily and has a little bit of stretch for ease and comfort. Ditch the petticoat for a more classic 40s look, or if you can’t live without the volume, add a single layer petticoat for a gentle amount of poof
Thanks to the stretch in the fabric, I managed to size down to a 8 even though my waist is 1″-1.5″ bigger than the listed measurements on the size chart. It’s not too tight or restrictive, in fact it’s the perfect fit.
The 40s Whirlaway Skirt is available in sizes 8-18 and retails for £56
Finally, underneath the jacket is the 40s Style Pussy Bow Blouse in Ivory. Simple and sweet, the ivory matches the buttons of the Whirlaway skirt beautifully and sits underneath the Americana jacket easily. I tend to shy away from pussy bow styles that come up too high on the neck so I love that with this one you can tie it low like I have, or higher if desired.
This blouse is made out of a soft viscose crepe that is so comfortable to wear! It’s not sheer but I would recommend wearing nude undergarments as black may show though slightly. I opted for a Peach What Katie Did bra, a older version of their current Glamour Nouveau. Like the Americana Jacket, I am wearing a size 12 in this blouse – it’s meant to be loose fitting so stick to the measurements listed on the size chart.
The 40s Style Pussy Bow Blouse is available in sizes 8-18 and retails for £55
One of my favorite things about The House of Foxy website, is that you can browse by era – and they are properly sorted! You won’t find any full gathered 50s skirts in the 40s section and that makes me happy!
A big thank you to David Fisk Photography for these wonderful images shot at Cahoots in London, it provided the perfect backdrop! If you live in London or are planning a visit anytime soon, a night of cocktails at Cahoots is a must! The menu is a old style newspaper (with I think the most insane amount of cocktails I’ve ever had to choose from) and the general atmosphere is just so much fun!
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Disclaimer: Whilst these items were gifted to me by The House of Foxy, I never accept anything I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers.