Bag the Jewels Vintage founder Caroline Henney reflects on the past through a vintage mirror once owned by her mother and now in her collection since she passed away 24 years ago. Her mother, who served in Britain’s ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) during World War II in the 1940s, appreciated lipstick not just as a beauty booster, but a source of confidence and morale as influenced by her experiences in war torn England.
The absence of designers and wartime restrictions forced women to creatively adapt and improvise when it came to choosing their wardrobe in the 1940s. Despite restrictions, awesome trends still emerged from the decade and inspired quintessential pieces in the modern woman’s closet today. Keep reading to see how 5 modern ladies incorporated ’40s fashion into their everyday looks, and how these ‘40s trends were born!