Friday, September 17, 2010

The Thirties: Claudette Colbert

I recently watched It Happened One Night, a cute little 30's movie starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. As, usual with many of these 30's and 40's romantic comedies it involves an heiress and a smooth talking newspaper man out to get a scoop, but it's really quite funny and charming. And, I fell in love with Ms. Colbert's look.

When it come to inspiration for decades past - I tend to stick to the 60's and early 70's.
But, I am really liking the slinkier cuts of 1930's clothing - everything looks so drapey and elegant.

I'm not quite sure that it would be easy to pull off the cherub-ish make-up and hair.

These are all photos found on google images. This last one is from 1939, and you can see the shapes that would become really popular in the 40's - the high waisted loose trousers, and the dramatic shoulders.


  1. Ohhh so fabulous. I need the hat in the second to last photo, and want to be the woman in the rain. and i don't even like rain.

    Chic on the Cheap

  2. I love how the ladies looked so glamourous and lady-like back then.

  3. thanks for sharing! i think the 20s/30s was when sex appeal finally started sneaking through garments... thank god for that!

  4. I love Claudette Colbert... and your blog! Have been flipping back and you have cute style and feature some great people!