Common people: we get inspired by everyday vintage styles We love to swoon over the beautiful pictures of the silver screens stars of past eras and gasp at their perfectly coiffed hair and immaculate make-up. It’s all too easy to forget that, like today’s celebrities, they don’t represent a realistic image of the fashion or beauty of their times. That’s why QueensOfVintage.com has compiled a photo gallery of vintage pictures all depicting normal women. Let the common people of the Thirties, Forties and Fifties, the housewives, secretaries and teachers of the past, be our real style inspiration. 8 Responses Tara May 8th, 2009 Gorgeous pictures! Can someone invent a time machine please!? hannah asprey May 8th, 2009 Wonderful! Somebody started a thread like this on thefedoralounge too and it’s both fascinating and reassuring to see the lack of perfection and yet still such incredible style and dash. Sarah May 8th, 2009 What a great approach ! You are so right, we need both kinds of inspiration, the real life and the iconic. These ladies are indeed charming, inspiring and much closer to us. I especially love the style sported by the page 4 lady, such cuteness ! Jessica May 8th, 2009 Excellent topic! I thoroughly agree, as vintage lovers/wearers it’s a great idea to support (and follow) the looks that the overwhelming bulk of the population used to wear. What a charming and fascinating array of photos you gathered up; number 11 is definitely my favourite. From the tilt of her sweet little hat to the length of her skirt, it’s pure vintage elegance. Catwalk Creative Vintage February 26th, 2010 I love the lady in the cropped fur jacket. She looks pleased as punch! They’re a wonderful selection of photographs. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Tonia February 26th, 2010 Is it that the clothes are unspeakably elegant, or is it the posture of all the wearers? I’ve never seen so many very straight backs! Karen February 26th, 2010 Probably straight backs and great clothes….the perfect combo. I remember when I was growing up, my mom would make us stand with back against the wall, heels about an inch away from the baseboard and then try to slide a hand between the small of our back and the wall. If she couldn’t, we were standing straight with good posture. Wow! I hadn’t thought of that in a long time! I still correct myself and sit up straight when at the computer. kSto June 27th, 2014 Part of the secret is that the clothes were so much better made than they are now. Getting new clothes was a special occasion that happened maybe once a year, even in good times. Sometimes the clothes were homemade–my great grandmother was a professional seamstress who sewed her daughters’ clothes as well. I have many pictures of my grandma and great aunts in what were essentially “tailor-mades.” Those dresses fit impeccably.