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21 Super Cute Style Tips From The '40s

Everything old is cool again.

1. Bust out the hot rollers.

Get curls like Vivien Leigh with hot rollers. An easy tutorial like this will make you a pro in no time.
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Get curls like Vivien Leigh with hot rollers. An easy tutorial like this will make you a pro in no time.

2. Dress for comfort. And movement!

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3. Steal from the boys.

Katharine Hepburn proved that ladies can sport a suit as well as any man.
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Katharine Hepburn proved that ladies can sport a suit as well as any man.

4. Rock a bolero jacket.

This waist-skimming jacket ads flair to any dress and is perfect with high-waisted pants.
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This waist-skimming jacket ads flair to any dress and is perfect with high-waisted pants.

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5. Don't shy away from color.

The '40s was a time of color discovery, and Rita Hayworth shows how to go bold with complimentary hues.
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The '40s was a time of color discovery, and Rita Hayworth shows how to go bold with complimentary hues.

6. Always sport red lips.

#ClassicLanaTurnerMoment.
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#ClassicLanaTurnerMoment.

7. Leopard print? Yes please.

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8. And a deep V? Of course.

Here's actress Ann Sheridan looking swell AF.
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Here's actress Ann Sheridan looking swell AF.

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9. Jaunty headwear? Check!

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10. Ahemmmm.....

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11. Rock some shoulder pads.

A lightly padded jacket will balance feminine hips and show off strong shoulders.
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A lightly padded jacket will balance feminine hips and show off strong shoulders.

12. Master the hair tuck.

With warm weather coming, you should master the art of pinning and tucking your hair to get it off your neck. If you ain't got time for hair pins, this headband technique is a great alternative.
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With warm weather coming, you should master the art of pinning and tucking your hair to get it off your neck. If you ain't got time for hair pins, this headband technique is a great alternative.

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13. Go for a nautical look, like Juanita Stark in the 1941 movie Life on the Seas.

What a cute scarf!
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What a cute scarf!

14. Try an unexpected accessory.

Like this woman, who's wearing a regimental badge tied to her ankle with a piece of ribbon.
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Like this woman, who's wearing a regimental badge tied to her ankle with a piece of ribbon.

15. Try a sweet lil' braid like actress Joan Leslie.

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16. Leave a little something to the imagination.

Not to sound like your grandma, but a modest nightie and a sultry gaze can go a long way. (Remember how your grandma would always give you sex tips?)
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Not to sound like your grandma, but a modest nightie and a sultry gaze can go a long way. (Remember how your grandma would always give you sex tips?)

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17. You can never have enough sequins, just ask Betty Grable.

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18. Go for round sunglasses.

Very retro and very bold.
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Very retro and very bold.

19. Keep it sporty.

Baseball tees are in again! Pair with some short shorts to complete the look.
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Baseball tees are in again! Pair with some short shorts to complete the look.

20. Rock a beaded choker.

If it's good enough for Katharine Hepburn, it's good enough for you.
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If it's good enough for Katharine Hepburn, it's good enough for you.

21. And remember, a little midriff never hurt anyone.

Emphasis on "a little."
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Emphasis on "a little."

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