It’s abnormally chilly here in San Diego! This cool weather has me thinking of things to keep warm.
One of the biggest misconceptions that I’ve seen and heard about dressing the past is our perception of keeping warm. Just like today, our 1930′s sisters layered and selected their cool weather garments with care. Instead of freezing in rayon satin tap pants and sheer hose, with a flimsy rayon crepe dress and jacket of questionable warmth, I’ve got a few posts coming up of images of what you’d wear to keep nice and toasty in cool weather. It’s easy to adapt these ideas to our wardrobe recreations. Remember no one looks chic while they’re shivering!
First up, here’s some great images of knitted underwear. If you’ve looked at vintage knitting books, you may recognize the look of these. Many knitted books contained patterns for wool knitted underwear like these (similar to long johns today). It seems they were especially prominent in UK publications. So, a clever knitter could find patterns today and knit up a set to keep warm- or the seamstress might be able to make up a set inspired by these from knits, or adapt a modern set of long underwear to a similar look (remember, cotton and natural fibres dye, so you could give them a pretty peachy pink look like these below).
Some might be turned off by these- they’re not the satin and lace dainty underwear we’ve come to associate with the 1930′s. But, remember, it’s better to be warm and outwardly stylish than shivering in cold rayon undies that will never be seen! Sense is always chic ;)
Check it out… the original Snuggie!
All of these images are remastered from the National Bellas Hess Fall & Winter Catalog from 1937-1938
You can click on any of the images to take you to my Flickr and see a larger version you can read.
So what do you think? Would you be up for these vintage warm undies, or would you rather wear something modern, or stick with the rayon ones we’ve come to associate with the 1930′s?