Out of all of the decades, I think the 1940s might just be my favorite. I love the hairstyles, World War II nostalgia, the cinema, and the clothes. Oh, how I love the clothes! When I saw Hell Bunny’s green Bernadette wiggle dress, I knew that I just had to have it for myself. Actually, it was the first reproduction pinup dress that I ever bought online! I was, and still am so enamored by how glamorous and confident a wiggle dress can make me feel. This Hell Bunny dress looks to be inspired by the 1940s, and I can’t get enough of it.
When I bought this dress about 2 years ago I was definitely a little skinnier than I am now. But, that didn’t stop me from wearing this beautiful wiggle for a photo shoot during my Alaskan travels last fall. I knew that I just had to take advantage of the beautiful scenery around me and create a glamorous casual 1940s winter look… though it was technically fall at the time. Oh well, it definitely felt like winter for this Florida girl anyway.
How I Styled My Outfit
I styled this outfit with a faux fur trimmed black coat, nude pumps, and an adorable brown true vintage purse, plus brown vintage gloves. I got the coat and pumps at Goodwill, and the necklace was a Target find from years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t think you’ll be able to find this dress from Hell Bunny anymore. However, I’ve noticed that Stop Staring makes a dress very similar to this one, and it comes in a variety of colors.
When I was putting this outfit together, I felt very inspired by rich jewel tones as well as earthy, glamorous colors. Since I’ve had these brown gloves, I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to pair them with the deep green in this dress. I also loved adding my favorite brown vintage hand bag to my accessories in this outfit. I love the subtle gold accents from my bag and necklace.
At the time when these pictures were taken, my bangs were still relatively short. But, I really wanted to style my hair in a unique, 1940s way. So, I curled my hair with my curling iron, and rolled the two front sections in victory rolls. Then, I separated my bangs into three different sections and pinned them in place.
My Alaska Adventures
I took all of these pictures at a gorgeous state park in Delta Junction, Alaska, Rika’s Roadhouse. Rika’s is a historic roadhouse that was built to accommodate travelers going through the Valdez-to-Fairbanks trail, which ran through it. Located along the shores of the Tanana River, Rika’s is a gorgeous 10-acres featuring a barn, log cabins, a museum, a gift shop, a cafe, and live animals. In the warmer months of Alaska, it is a perfect tourist destination and is ideal for a lovely picnic overlooking the beautiful Tanana River and the Delta Bridge.
When I visit my family in Alaska, it’s one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a lovely picnic spot as well as a photo shoot location.. I’m sure everyone in the park was wondering what a 1940s girl wearing high heels and a fancy dress was doing posing for pictures by herself early in the morning was doing.
If you’re dreaming of creating that perfect 1940s winter outfit, I hope my post gave you a bit of inspiration. Also, if you’re ever in Alaska, be sure to stop by Rika’s Roadhouse. It’s the perfect spot for a quick bite to eat, shop for Alaskan souvenirs, and maybe even a fun, impromptu photo shoot. 🙂
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