Your vintage must-haves – 40’s Sailor pants


I, for my part, associate the 1940’s with Frank Sinatra, film noir and stunning leading ladies, Victory Rolls and sailor pants. For me it’s a time of beautiful fashion as well as good movies and music and that’s why I love this period so much (of course, I know about the cruel things that happend back then and I absolutely don’t support them, please keep that in your mind).

But to cut a long story short, after a few weeks of absence it’s time for the second part of my Vintage must-have series and todays must-have are (*drum-roll*) the 1940’s sailor pants, which are my personal favorite of all the vintage clothes I own. Besides they’re also the first vintage clothing I ever bought, so you can say they’re really special to me πŸ™‚

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Here are some vintage photographs of students wearing the sailor pants in New York in the 1940s.

The sailor pants were a must-have for everybody – for actresses as well as housewives, students and all the other strong and inspiring woman. Katharine Hepburn was one of them and she also was one of the actresses who made them famous. But woman haven’t always been allowed to wear them! Back in the 1930’s, woman could be arrested if they wore pants in public because it was too “manlike”. But Miss Hepburn challenged the clothing norms and helped to make sailor pants suitable for society.

With the beginning of the 1940’s, pants weren’t only men’s item any more. They started to make pants for woman and so our beautiful sailor pants came to life. They were high waisted with full wide legs and buttons or zippers on the side. At the beginning, they were just for work but after all they were also worn for fun. Besides Hepburn, actresses like Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable and Gene Tierney began to wear them on set and in their free-time.

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A few photographs of Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable and Gene Tierney.

So let’s come to the sailor pants I own. I bought my pair at Unique Vintage which is an american vintage clothing store. They have a lot of vintage clothes and accessories inspired from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and the 1960’s, so there’s for sure something for everyone. Their selection of pants is quite huge so it was a bit hard to decide but after hours of thinking about which pair would be the best for me, I bought the Banned 1940s Navy High Waist Party On Stretch Sailor Pants. After a month of waiting, I finally received them and I was (and I still am) so happy with them. They are of high quality, very classy and most important, they are so comfy! I didn’t wanted to take them off πŸ˜€ The only little “defect” is that they could be a bit tighter at the waist but all in all, I’m satisfied with them and I’m still convinced that they are a must-have for every strong and independent woman! ❀ And not to forget a big thanks to all the woman who made it possible for us to wear pants and especially these goodies.

Here’s a little look book of some outfits with my sailor pants.

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My sailor pants combined with the 50s Willow Stripes Blouse in Charcoal and White from Dancing Days by Banned.

Sailor pants combined with a casual striped pullover is always a good idea!

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But you can also wear them with a simple cardigan and a cute little vintage brooch.

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Isn’t it one of the coolest but also classiest pants? Well, I do think so! If you want to buy your own pair I can only recommend Unique Vintage, but there are also other lovely shops, for example TopVintage Retro Boutique or Vivien of Holloway.

Anyway, I hope I could inspire you a bit today and I hope you enjoyed my little look book. I’m going to make a bit more look books in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more photographs of me and lovely outfits. If you have some requests or would like to read about something specific, just tell me! Lots of love and see you soon,

Your Shirinatra xx

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