Recently I have been really gravitating towards the 1940s style after years of being very much focussed on the 50s. Don’t worry, my love for bright floral swing skirts will continue, but every once and a while I crave the sophistication and elegance that 40s attire can bring, especially in a more casual way.
Last week, Elizabeth J Photography and I had the opportunity to shoot at MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) which lent itself perfectly with the 1940s era and I’m very excited to bring you some gorgeous outfits over the next few weeks.
First up, is the wonderful Susie Q Cardigan in Mustard and the Twirly Swirly Skirt in Brown Salt & Pepper from Swedish company Emmy Designs. I discovered Emmy years ago when I first started dressing vintage and have always admired their designs. I’m very happy to finally own some pieces for myself and I just adore this entire outfit.
I think my favourite part of the Emmy Designs webshop is the knitwear section (you can thank me later) which boasts a fantastic range of styles and colours that look so authentic to the era. When choosing a cardigan for myself, I wanted to go with a colour that wasn’t my usual go-to and settled on mustard. The colour palette for clothing in the 1940s was also a lot more muted than the following decade so I felt that the mustard was perfect.
There are various different styles of cardigans available, all being just as lovely as the next but the Susie Q stood out to me thanks to its knit leaf vines and subtle puff sleeves. It also features a V neck, sweet little brown buttons and it stops at the waist to avoid unnecessary bulk when tucked it. Because of the shorter length, you could also wear it untucked but I prefer to highlight my waist so opt for tucked.
The different styles of cardigans have varying sizing so make sure you consult the size chart with each item. For the Susie Q, my bust and waist measurements (91cm BUST / 70cm WAIST) was between their size 34/36 and 38/40 so I went with the larger size. I potentially could have sized down but I don’t mind the slight bagginess- it gives it a more authentic 1940s feel.
The Susie Q Cardigan is made for 50% Cotton and 50% Modal (I had to google what Modal is and found out it’s a type of rayon) and has a little bit of stretch but not much. The cardigan has good thickness to it and the blend of cotton/modal is meant to help keep the shape and minimise pilling.
At €110.66 (excluding VAT for those who are purchasing outside of Sweden), it’s not a cheap cardigan by any means. However it’s a great wardrobe staple that will last years and as much as I love the coveted Dita Cardigan by Dita Von Teese, the Susie Q feels like far better quality for a similar price.
To go with the Susie Q cardigan, I picked out the Twirly Swirly Skirt in Brown Salt & Pepper. I’m always keen to try skirts that have a the tailored look of a pencil skirt but without being super fitted through the thighs. The Twirly Skirt Skirt appealed for that very reason and the Brown Salt & Pepper material will be versatile with a lot of different colours.
I’ve got a very difficult shape to buy these style of skirts for however because not only do I have a small waist in comparison to my hips, but my widest part is actually across my upper thighs. I was concerned that the skirt would look odd if it was too tight in that area especially since that’s where the pleats start.
After consulting with customer service and the size chart, I decided that whilst my waist measurement would put me in the size 38, I would need at least a size 44 to cater for my 112cm circumference around the upper thighs. 112cm is the exact measurement listed for the size 44 however, so to be extra safe (and since I was going to need the waist taken in anyway), I went with the 46.
I took it to my regular tailor who removed the waistband and tapered the seams in more so it fitted better. This skirt is unlined which made the tailored easier and cheaper. I’m really happy with the fit now, especially since it’s not too fitted so it’s comfortable and easy to move in.
The Twirly Swirly Skirt features a hidden back zipper with a button closure at the waistband which can always be moved slightly if you need a little more or a little less room. With it’s 4 pleats, the Twirly Swirly Skirt is fun and flirty but it can be dressed up with a blouse for a more work appropriate outfit. I love it paired with the Susie Q Cardigan, all the earthy tones work so well together.
This skirt is made from 95% polyester and 5% spandex and is currently on sale for €61.57 from €111.94.
For more 1940s inspired pieces (plus some gorgeous 50s stuff too!), check out the Emmy Website. The designs have a refreshing take on vintage reproduction and have some very unique items. If you are worried at all about sizing, I encourage you to email customer service who I’m sure will be able to help out.
x Miss Victory Violet
Disclaimer: Whilst these items were gifted to me, I never accept anything that 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 <3