>I find it highly fascinating that “alpine” or “Scandinavian” or “folk” style was all the rage from 1938 to 1940. There were dirndls, hats, suspenders, belts, aprons, and all sorts of silly fashions. Garbo is partially responsible for the popularity of it in this country. There was an alpine clothiers in Hollywood that opened and Garbo frequented the shop in the late 30s- so the trend caught on.
Here’s a do-it-yourself version to be sent away for- stamped felt to construct your own “alpine” style suspenders and belt from 1940. I think an ingenious modern gal could construct very similar accessories out of the Mexican style embroidered garments you sometimes run across in thrift stores. Maybe not “alpine” but a similar feel. I absolutely love the 40s version of the fanny pack- I guess more of a hip pocketbook.
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