One Good Thing To Come Out Of The Depression: Great Clothes
Carrie Wasterlain / June 9, 2009
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If you've ever taken a look at fashion from the '30s and '40s, when "depression" and "recession" were everyday words, you might be feeling a bit of déjà vu lately. The fabric shoes, high-waisted skirts, and show-stopping accessories that marked these decades are having a comeback, perhaps thanks to our very own current economic turmoil. An exhibit in Paris' Musée Jean Moulin called "Accessories and Artefacts: Women’s Lives in Paris 1940-1944" showcases women's accessories from the French occupation. Hearing about the show in the New York Times inspired us to draw some comparisons ourselves. Click through for clothing similarities from the Great Depression and today. Some looks are recession-inspired, others are worthy of a comeback because they made our jaws drop. If you thought cute rompers, floral blouses, intricate head pieces, and strict, tailored jackets were modern trends, wait until you see the lovely ladies of old-time Hollywood wearing similar styles in these photos from the '30s and '40s.