OOTD :: of the DMV and 1940s fashion




So how am I spending my first official day of Spring Break? Why, going to the good ol’ DMV, of course. It’s gonna be grand!

(Anyone else smell the facetiousness in the air?)

It’s really all because my mother ingrained in me the unfortunate habit of always getting work out of the way before play. Procrastination was not a word that existed in the Tanchoco/Soriente household, lemme tell ya. So now, 41 years later, I still hear my mom’s voice in the back of my mind, telling me that I will not enjoy an iota of Spring Break until I get all my obligations accomplished first.

Therefore, I am DMV-bound to renew my driver’s license. The good news is that I get to schedule my appointment (11am – not waking up at any godforsaken hour before 9) and that all I have to do is get a picture taken and complete an eye test. I don’t have to take the written or behind-the-wheel test or anything.

The DMV is in for a treat, then, because this week, I present to you Frolicking 40s, courtesy of Anne @ SpyGirl. And today’s ensemble is my most derivative of the time period.

Quick digression: I’ve realized that every decade challenge of Anne’s coincides with my T3 linkup. I guess next month, I’d better read something vaguely 50s-esque, eh?


Anyhow, according to Sammy Vintage,

If one thing about 1940s clothing is for certain, it’s that the trends in America were influenced by the pressures of World War II.

It was as if for half a decade, fashion literally stopped. The war prevented high-fashion designers from designing between 1939 and 1945, and new garments were produced to show support for “fighting the good fight.” Compared to the glamorous era of the ’30s and the feminine flare of the ’50s, American ’40s fashion focused on a less-is-more conservatism in favor of patriotism.

Oddly, for all the austerity of the times, there were a lot of fashion trends that emerged. So many, in fact, that I was hard-pressed choosing the five to highlight this week. Don’t be surprised if you find me combining trends in one look – I just had loads of fun with them all.

Today, I’m working the pencil skirt and pussycat bow blouse trends. Throw in some oxford heels circa 1930 along with my sad attempt at putting my hair up in a pseudo Victory roll, and you’ve got yourself an honest-to-gosh period piece moment on your hands, folks. I probably ought to have used my fancy filters on at least one of the pics to lend it even more authenticity.

Aw, heck! I’m loving this entire look so why not a bonus pic?


The funny thing is that I almost scrapped this outfit. I couldn’t get the bow to tie right and the top’s three-quarter length sleeves that ended in elastic was irritating and the pencil skirt length as making me feel stubby. It just proves what miracle workers completer pieces and shoes can be.

I didn’t think throwing in another color would work, but the burgundy of the cardi was a harmonious counterpart to the browns in the skirt while also allowing the yellow to pop. And the shoes! What fun! And a total steal during Payless’ recent BOGO. Would it be rubbing it in if I said they were comfortable to boot?

All in all, a brilliant beginning to my 40s theme, to Spring Break and to my week in general. Here’s hoping my good karma keeps up.

P.S. Don’t you just love how Jack the beast snuck into my photo shoot?


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Modcloth
Cardi – F21
Skirt – thrifted
Pumps – American Eagle @ Payless



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17 thoughts on “OOTD :: of the DMV and 1940s fashion

  1. dylan050 says:

    Really? With the dog?

  2. jenortega says:

    This is an awesome photo shoot, and I love the pics with the filter and your dog. You are always so good about getting things you must do out of the way ; )

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yep! Because now all I have to do is that damned Easter Bunny scavenger hunt and then I can read all my library books to my heart’s content. I may not even get out of bed before noon one of these days and just crack open a book and read when I wake up the way I used to in my youth. ;p

  3. Your pup is adorable! And DMV – argh, you’ve reminded me that I need to renew my license this year too. Bleh!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Surprisingly, it wasn’t bad at all. I recommend making an appointment. I did and even though I got there ten minutes early, once they processed me, I waited all of three minutes then bingo-bango! I was done. I even lucked out and got a “checker” that was new (his words) and was therefore still pleasant and cheerful. And now that obligations are done, I can fully enjoy my break. Huzzah!

  4. suzannecarillo says:

    I love the vintage vibe. The shoes are super fab.


  5. I’ve always known that I’m not a girly-girl, but it wasn’t until I started dreaming up my outfit for Anne’s 1940s link up that I realized what a tomboy I can be. I swear, everything I was drawn to was “masculine”, I’m-off- to-work-at-the-factory, kind of outfits. Of course, I’ll change my tube when we get to the 1950s. 😉
    I think you look lovely in your blouse and pencil skirt. I also think 1930s style shoes are perfect, since new shoes would’ve been difficult to come by in the 1940s.

  6. Frolicking 40’s is superb! Love those shoes. And I follow “Grandma’s Rule” too: business before pleasure, then you can enjoy the rest of the day. Wonderful doggie!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, Patti! You wouldn’t think him wonderful if he jumped all over you with the full force of his entire fifty pounds. He’s a leaper. :/ But we’re keeping him because hubs adores the creature.

      And can you believe I snagged the shoes at Payless? Payless has really been stepping up their game.

      • Debbie says:

        Love it cel, and love the 40’s. Can’t wait for the weeks line up!!!
        Have a great Spring Break and thanks for the bonus pic 🙂

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