This post was written by Lindy Shopper.
This could be yours! Just add a belt. 🙂
If you’ve been following the adventures of Agent Carter, you’ll know that she has an impeccable 1940’s wardrobe that is ready for action and adventure – a particular purple dress caught the eye of Balboa dancer and instructor Nelle Cherry and, in her diligence and internet mastery, located a close approximation of said dress at La Vie en Swing. Classic 40’s shape, flattering waist, keyhole neckline, swing skirt, the Berlin dress is all the things I love in a dress and would love to wear on the dance floor. While I’m sure that this purple dress similarity a purely wonderful coincidence, it led me down the rabbit hole to exploring the La Vie En Swing clothing line.
The Berlin dress can also be made with a more full, swishy skirt, more suited for dancing – inquire within!
La Vie en Swing offers a wonderful 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s reproduction clothing line, with an obvious bent toward swing dancers, with pieces that offer ease of movement and a swish of the skirt. From the website: “Our patterns are accurate in order to enhance and flatter the femenine silhouette. Some of the designs come from original vintage sewing patterns and some other designs are our own creations inspired in the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s, precious years of the Swing Era.”
I am loving the color palette – pinks, purples, mint, cream, and a pop of orange or red. One of my big complaints with vintage 1940’s clothing is the overall lack of color (I find lots of black, brown, navy) and I think La Vie en Swing has embraced a cheerful color palette (bring on the spring!) without resorting to colors that look out of character or like a caricature of the era. The pieces are carefully selected, with lovely details – a little bow detail on the skirt, keyhole necklines (love, love, love!), high waisted sailor trousers, pockets on dresses, and an adorable take on the shirtwaist dress.
Right now the clothing line is limited to womenswear, but I see that menswear is coming soon!
Here are some of my favorites from the La Vie en Swing clothing line:
I really like the proportions of this shirtwaist – light blue Tea Dress
Another sassy keyhole dress, the Amy dress, inspired by a 1950’s pattern, also available in soft yellow.
The Berlin blouse, the white blouse to go with everything, with MORE KEYHOLE and lovely Art Deco seaming at the neck. *swoon!* Also available in a bright orange/coral color.
The Lindy skirt, also available in red and black – the drape looks so nice, I’d love to see this in person!
This candy stripe blouse looks good enough to eat – Willa blouse, also available in a blue/brown stripe.
High waisted sailor pants in denim! Also available in black. Love the pairing with the coral Berlin blouse!