Masterclass: Forties Fatale

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Autumn is always a glorious time of year, however we find November is one of those months that rather gets away from us! Reclaim your time as the days get shorter by investing in some day-to-night pieces, saving you precious hours in dressing time while oozing elegance.  

When we’re in need of classic clothes therapy, the Forties is the decade we turn to. Its minimalist tailoring is all you need to create a swish look that can take you from day to night. We’ve started our foundations here with our famous Maitresse Bullet Bra, (here in the Curve option for the fuller busted Miss Deadly Red). Comfortable, supportive, and with the staying power to keep you looking pert all day long, this bra will take you from a day right through the evening.

Maitresse Lingerie

Maitresse LingerieTo match the bra, we’ve chosen a pair of our floaty CC09 French Knickers. All our continuity lingerie is mix and match – so you can rest assured that our peaches and blacks match between ranges, no matter what you're wearing. These knickers are warm and comfortable, with just a little bit of a sassy float to keep your feeling a little flirty! They also act as a short petticoat, ensuring that loose straight Forties skirts hang properly with no knicker line. As we’ve chosen such light knickers, we’ve gone for a lightly shaping suspender belt (the deep version of our Maitresse Nouveau) to add a little definition and support to your stomach. Here, they’re worn under the knickers to ensure a clean line.

MaitresseWe’ve teamed this outfit with a pair of our Glamour Seamed Stockings in Claret, a warm burgundy shade which perfectly matches the tone of the dress. As the weather gets darker and colder, a coloured seam is the perfect way to lift an outfit from being to drab, while remaining elegantly understated.

Forties Fatale

Now, to the clothes! This beautiful dress is by The Seamstress of Bloomsbury, a small company with a fascinating history. They are named for Lilian Wells, the original Seamstress of Bloomsbury, who created beautiful Forties designs in Bloomsbury Square, London. Lilian’s designs were admired and sought after by the great and good of the time, and are now being brought back to life by The Seamstress of Bloomsbury, who revive her original patterns and designs, creating beautiful  designs from long-gone dresses. This Clarice dress is a beautiful example of their work. Made from Rayon Crepe de Chine, this dress hangs beautifully down from its bodice in an A-line skirt, with a tie waistband creating a softly draped waist (shaping echoed in the blouson sleeves) and detailing added by the front buttons. 

Forties FataleForties FataleThe dress is so simple and elegant, that adding extra colour into the mix would have ruined its effect, so instead we have accessorised in black but using texture to add interest. These sweet little ankle strap Lovestruck shoes by Miss L Fire add a bit of lift to the leg, avoiding drabness while remaining super comfortable for a long day. A chunky black bead necklace by Splendette echoes the round shape of the collar, while an incredible feather headdress by Pearls and Swine drops in a hint of luxury. To top it off, this vintage wicker basket handbag is big enough to store everything you’ll need, without being too bulky. 
Pearls & Swine Feather FascinatorMiss L Fire Lovestruck Shoes

And there you go! Remember, with the right foundations, any outfit can take you from day to night with ease – it’s allabout comfort, elegance and keeping it classic!

Our lovely model is Miss Deadly Red
Hair by Adam and Eve, Pangbourne
Photography by Richard Thomas at What Katie Did

Maitresse Nouveau Bullet Bra - £35 - 32A-D. 34A-D, 36A-D, 38B-D, 40B-D (Maitresse Nouveau Curve Bra - £35 - 30DD-FF, 32DD-FF, 34DD-FF, 36DD-F, 38DD-F, 40DD-F also available)
Maitresse Nouveau Suspender Belt - £37.50 - Dress Sizes UK 8-18
CC09 French Knickers - £31.00 - Dress Sizes UK 10-18
Claret Glamour Seamed Stockings - £10.00 - S/M or M/L 

Clarice Dress by The Seamstress of Bloomsbury
Lovestruck Shoes by Miss L Fire
Jewellery by Splendette