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Retro Halloween Costume Ideas For Women & Men

For Halloween, if you'd like to know how to dress 1940s style for, whether you're a man or a woman, then this is the ideal post for you. Luckily, dressing 1940s style in today's era doesn't mean that you have to search for some genuine 1940s vintage outfits, although they do exist, if you have the money and know where to look that is.

Women's Retro Cosutme

If you're a girl, you should keep your eyes open for a shirt-dress or a tea dress. These are both plain, everyday dresses that fall to or below the knee. And yes they have been in and out (mostly in) of fashion for all this time.

The 1940s was during the war so clothing wasn't overly showy, actually pretty plain. But at the same time really stylish. The dresses of this era usually had short sleeves and buttons running up the front. Quite a common look these days.

If it's going to be cold, upgrade the ensemble by adding a little cardigan. You can also choose to wear a blouse and a skirt or some of those high-wasted trousers if you really want to turn heads. For shoes, flats are more than ideal. They go well with like everything. And they're comfortable.

Men's Retro Costume

If you're a guy, dressing in 1940s style can really make you look charming. Think of all those girls that watch The Notebook and are literally primed for that look. And when you wear these clothes your natural confidence will be magnified.

Basically all you really have to find is a pair of dress pants and a shirt. But make sure that nothing is too tight fitting. Fashion was much baggier in the 40s, especially for men. Pleated pants would be ideal and the trick to really get the look right is to wear them high wasted.

Then all you need to finish the outfit is some dark colored suspenders and to roll up your sleeves. Fitted sweaters were also the fashion, so if it's cold out you can add that. Waistcoats were a big accessory back then as they are today, so you can try adding that to your look. Shoes can be any plain, or two-toned, black and white shoes. Make sure they're well shined though. Try accessorizing with a bowtie for a real authentic look, if you're confident you can pull it off.

As for facial hair, try growing a moustache. And seriously, the one thing that can really make or break the 1940s look for a guy is the hair. Go to your barber and tell him your requirements. I'm sure he will know right away what's needed. Full on the top and short on the sides.

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