1940s Fashion: How Catherine Zeta-Jones Nailed It!

If you think the 1940s is a little too boring for your liking, boy are you in for a surprise!

Everyone knows I love period films. Something about these movies that gives me a little comfort that I so seek in every possible way. Well, anyway I watched Dad's Army last weekend, played by one of my favourite present day actresses, Catherine Zeta-Jones alongside a few other big names like Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, and Michael Gambon.

And let me tell you, the clothing is to die for. The 1940s was known for accentuating the shoulders with more tailored cuts, creating an illusion of a slimmer waistline and skirts that fell just below the knees. In the movie, you'll see Ms. Jones's character, Rose Winters sporting some of the classiest 1940s style frocks and outfits. Oh yes, you're in for a treat! :)

Here are some of the movie stills and images (I don't own any of these images, but they are just here to illustrate my point). I'll try not to reveal too much otherwise I'll give away the story,  cos where's the fun in that, right? You'll have to watch it for yourself. :)

1. Here's a very comical scene where Rose Winters makes her first appearance, and meets the old-timers for the very first time. I don't know about you, but I think she looks drop-dead gorgeous in her get up. And that hair! :)

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2. My oh my, this red ensemble! It had the town's ladies going green with envy as they admired the burgundy red skirt with matching jacket (yours truly included!) I still don't really know if it's a Chanel as the ladies have suggested in the movie itself, but regardless, my gosh - Ms. Jones was strutting her stuff and oozing charisma and confidence. Makes me want to go on a hunt now for a look-alike! :)

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3. And then there was the trench coat. Man, who knew that you could look absolutely smashing in one? And did I mention her hair is just perfect? I loved it styled both ways, pulled back or let loose in those perfect glistening curls.

Image Credit: Janet Charlton's Hollywood
Image Credit: Daily Mail

4. And just when you thought you've seen it all, there is this gorgeous dress which Ms. Jones donned under that trench coat. Gosh, that emerald green. I especially loved and adored this frock in this gorgeous shade of green and a hint of leg of mutton sleeves. I appreciated the fact that the costume designers even completed the look with vintage style sweater clips - it's the tiny little details like these that adds that perfect, finishing touch to an attire in my opinion. :)

 

5. And then, there was this afternoon tea dress in this captivating shade of red. I fell in love with the embroidery detailing the very moment I laid eyes on it. Again, you see how the detailing draws attention to the shoulders, while the cinched waist further accentuates her curves.


6. Last but not least, there has got to be a little black dress right? For sure, ladies. You'll again notice a similar pattern here, where the focus is drawn to the shoulders, arms and waist with the contrasting white on black floral motives. And the hair! Forgive me, but I think you'll agree that Ms. Jones always seems to look like a million dollars.


So there you have it, a little taste (and teaser!) of the 1940s fashion in the movie Dad's Army. Sure, the movie may not have scored high, glowing reviews but jeez, it's a comedy for crying out loud! Some scenes had us in stitches and I have a feeling you'll enjoy it as much as I did. Have a go! ;)

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