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Lady Violette

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Saint Patrick’s Day is Just Around the Corner ~ One is Supposed to Wear Green!

March 12th, 2011 by violette

Green Gaberdine Suit Circa 1948

This is an amazing opportunity that comes around once a year to get out the gorgeous green vintage items from the 1940’s and 50’s when the exact right color of Irish green was popular for suits, hats, and dresses.

I have some amazing pieces in my collection and I think posting them in my blog during the week before St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect way to show off several! And inspire people to plan the right special green ensemble in advance of March 17th!

Here is a beautiful late 40’s suit worthy of any Hollywood heroine! It is the epitome of femininity!  There is no label in it so I do not know who designed it.

The structure of this suit is just beautiful! Note the princess seamed bodice, wide lapels, shoulder pads of just the right proportions, nipped in waist that tapers to a point in the back elongating the lines of the torso, and the graceful peplum. It is made of wool gaberdine and is lined in rayon crepe of the same green. The skirt is unlined as was customary of the times because women wore half slips under their skirts.

It has hand sewn self-bound buttonholes and black shiny buttons which are probably bakelite. I think it would be perfect worn with black suede pumps and a little black suede box purse and, of course, the perfect little black hat. I think Lauren Bacall would have worn this on Saint Patrick’s Day!

The A-line Skirt

Detail of Peplum Jacket

Detail of Jacket Tailoring

Back View of 1940's Green Suit


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