Thursday, June 16, 2016

Factory Girl

While venturing through historic Denton a few days ago, my sweet boyfriend Sam Patterson became my guest photographer. We were taking photos at the TWU campus which began it's construction in 1903. It's a beautiful campus with a nice little park to visit.

It's not too often I post casual outfits anymore. The fact is we all have to dress casual, and life isn't one big tea party. But casual does not mean "go and fetch your baggiest sweatpants and loosest fitting t-shirt" either. There once was a time when casual still meant putting effort into how you look while you go out for the day. Back in the 1940's during World War Two, women had to go to work in the factories while the men were away at war in order to keep the country going. During this time the everyday outfit for women was built around their work duties. Women began wearing pants, and even overalls to work. The pants I am wearing are a great high waist 1940's inspired pair from that have cute little suspenders attached to them. You can find them at this link:

With these pants I have paired a 1940's blouse and a black velvet 1940's turban from Neiman Marcus. Turbans were an everyday accessory for women while working in the factories. They were vital to keep your hair out of your face while working, and also keeping your hair from getting caught in the machinery. Here are some photos to give you an idea of what their life was like.

Female factory worker, 1940s
Photo by George Marks
(photo by George Marks)

Photo from 1942 of a female worker from Sperry Gyroscope (an American electronics company#fashion #uniform:

Changing a few of the photos to black and white seemed fitting.

While we were taking photos this squirrel who is more photogenic than myself decided to steal the show. He was super friendly and I wanted to take him home with me. Look at that face!