Working Woman Series: Basic Pieces

Flashback Summer: 1940s Working Woman Style Series - factory, farm, land girl

Looking through the different introduction and inspiration posts, it's easy to see that there are definitely some items that were considered staples to the 1940s working woman, just as we still have staple wardrobe items today. 
These would be the sorts of pieces to look into buying or creating to add to a vintage wardrobe.  They were considered staples for their versatility and durability, and I think we vintage lovers can all agree that those are qualities we still want our clothing to have!  Below I've highlighted some of these main pieces that can be mixed and matched to create loads of effortless chic, working woman styles!

And you know what's crazy?  There are really only five pieces that working ladies mixed and matched to death!

Flashback Summer: 1940s Working Woman Style Series - factory, farm, land girl

Flashback Summer: 1940s Working Woman Style Series - factory, farm, land girl

That's right, only five pieces: button-down blouses, trousers, comfy shoes, headscarves, and cardigans.  These items (or slight variations of them) nearly entirely cover a 1940s working woman's wardrobe!
Therefore, in the following posts I will be focusing on these pieces (along with other details that can really add to a casual look) for the rest of the series!  I'll link to some venues that carry these pieces, resources to make your own, and other useful posts from other blogs.  I hope this series will be your one-stop-shop for 40s working woman styles!

What do you guys think?  Do you have such pieces in your wardrobe?  How much wear do they get?  Have you found them to be as versatile as they seem to be in all the old photos of working women?

P.S.  This is my 200th post on Flashback Summer!!!  Woooo!  How time has flown!

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  1. Love this post! Happy 200th !!!!

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  2. Huge congrats on hitting 200 posts! What a special blogging milestone!!! Trust me, before you know it, you'll be at 500 and counting.

    Very good point. When you get right down to it, these items really do constitute more 1940s work looks, perhaps with a turban (which is akin to a headscarf) thrown into the mix.

    ♥ Jessica

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