Too many books portray the 1940s as the decade that fashion forgot. Luckily new book Style Me Vintage – 1940s (Liz Tregenza, Pavillion, £11.99) does away with the myth of an era of drab, home-made style.

If you’d like to find out how to source and put together 1940s outfits – from the hairstyles and the correct make-up to sourcing the right accessories and authentic clothing, even undergarments, then this book is for you.

Featuring original photographs, as well as amazingly styled, modern vintage looks, this beautiful book offers plenty of tips on getting the details right. Whether you are a fan of the make-do-and-mend looks of the wartime years, or a latter-day glamourpuss wishing to emulate the New Look styles of the post-war era, this book will inspire.

While the book delves into the more cliched side of the decade, think Victory Rolls, uniforms and make-up substitutes, it also showcases the elements so many other works simply neglect: novelty prints, evening wear, the beatnik-a-like French Zazous, jewellery and loungewear.

Author Liz knows what she’s talking about, few other writers have such detailed knowledge of the decade and 1940s British fashion in particular.

The 1940s isn’t ‘my’ decade, and yet I read this book with great interest and found myself having a cheeky eBay check for a pair of original wedges. A fantastic read that I can wholeheartedly recommend!

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