Historical Day Dresses
Day dresses, also known as casual dresses actually date back quite a few years. Originally made in the 1940′s during World War 2. They are mostly worn in the summer and are very popular among the younger crowd. They are simple and tend to represent the latest fashions.
During World War 2 a lot of fabric had to go to the war efforts, so women had to start cutting back on the dresses they were making. Instead of wearing long dresses, the new style of dress made were hemmed at knee length and had straight or A-line skirts, both done to conserve fabric. There are many different patterns used to make these dresses but they follow the same basic outline.
- Tunic: A short and pleated dress can be mistaken for a shirt.
- Maxi dress: Formfitting at the top, this dress is floor length and generally made of stretchy fabric.
- Straight skirt: Also known as a pencil skirt, this skirt hangs down and is fitted at the hips.
- A-line skirt: A fitter top and a flared bottom.
The dresses caught on as a trend and are still worn today, in flashy patterns. They are comfortable and meant for warmer weather. They can be formal or informal and are generally made out of one of four fabrics.
- Cotton: A natural fabric that is used for many different types of clothing, but is often reserved for winter and it can be heavy and not very breathable in the heat. Inexpensive and easy to find.
- Silk: A natural fibre fabric which is light and airy, but can be more expensive depending on the quality.
- Wool: A heavier fabric that absorbs moisture well, unlike cotton.
- Rayon: A silk like fabric that deflects water.
The necklines are modest to not show off too terribly much and the skirts are slim with no pleats, again, this comes from fabric being conserved in World War 2. The necklines most often seen in day dresses are:
- High necklines
- Heart shaped
These dresses are simple, practical, and easy to move around in. Most often women in the present day wear them with a pair of flats and a matching clutch. Designed for everyday tasks, these dresses are comfortable and light.
These dresses are made for women of every shape and size, coming in all colors and patterns. The latest fashion features bright colors and vivid patterns. Curvy or slim, it can be worn by any woman. These dresses are meant to be less casual and worn in the day, as more formal night wear is styled differently. There are many more styles available now than there were in the 1940′s, but the trend keeps going on, check here.
Turning a day dress into a night dress
Sometimes it’s hard to get changed into a completely new dress and re-style yourself after a long day. You don’t have to change your outfit 100%, simply adding some accessories and changing some styling can turn your day look into a night look.
- The dress is the most important part of the outfit, but accessories can change the look completely.
- Shawls can be added to give an elegant look. It should be in a matching color, and lightweight. Adding some sparkle with sequins or rhinestones can turn a day dress into a night look.
- Bold necklaces draw attention to the neckline and create the appearance of a longer neck. If the dress is high, a small, long chain can be worn to add elegance. Large beads can definitely make a statement.
- Shoes change the look, too. Ditch the flats and get out the stilettos are the best bet at making a beautiful, elegant night look. With a simple black dress, adding color makes a world of difference. Be careful on over accessorizing, because clashing can ruin the entire look.
- A small bag, like a clutch, adds sparkle, and should just carry the basics. A large tote is more of a day look.
- Belts and scarves can make a statement with different patterns, but again, don’t over accessorize.
- Accenting a dress with tights can change it into a whole new dress. Add colors that are minimal in the dress to make them stand out.
A day dress is a versatile dress that can be taken from day to night easily. Investing in a nice day dress is a great idea for every woman. Match the colors you chose with your natural skin, hair and eye color. Makeup is up to the wearer. The dresses that were made in the 1940′s to save fabric and be practical for women have carried on for over 60 years. Now that’s a vintage dress!