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Beyond Retro Brick Lane 1940's & 1950's Weekender

Posted on November 08 2012

A few weeks ago, Beyond Retro Brick Lane went back in time to the 1920's and '30s, where flapper girls shook their tail-feathers and mobsters roamed the store all to the tunes of these lively decades. Now our boys and gals will jump forward to a more refined decade this weekend, nipping their waists, buttoning up and saluting our boys in 1940's style on Friday, then doodle-bugging over to booming '50s on Saturday. Want to get the look? Pop in and our staff will be thrilled to show you how. For the 1940's, simplicity is key. With the outbreak of war, fashion changed dramatically as silhouettes became more angular and rationing meant fabrics were harsher and zips were a thing of the past. For ladies, look for two piece skirt suits and blouses or ditsy-print tea dresses for a day-time look, whilst men should opt for military attire and film noir trench coats. The '50s gave way to post-war optimism and an influx of consumerism allowed teenagers to take over the style stakes. Team Jackets and Letterman knits looked swell on teenage guys, whilst the girls shimmeyed down the school hallway in full skirts and knitted twin sets. For the Danny Zucco's and Rizzo's, think biker jackets and pedal pushers. A hickie from Kenickie is a bonus but not essential.  
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