My Vintage Style-Casual Jazz Era Inspired Look


1940s wide leg pants outfit

In previous posts I’ve mentioned that I get a lot of inspiration for outfits by studying vintage fashion magazines or following fashion bloggers who incorporate vintage into their wardrobe. Another way I get inspiration is to collect online images of favorite vintage looks and save them on  Pinterest boards.

Polyvore used to be one of my favorite ways to create mood boards for outfits. But, in what I consider an extremely sleazy move, a company named Ssense bought them out and, with no notice to the Polyvore community, shut the whole site down and redirected all the links to their own site, which sells clothing.

You could say I was more than a little bit irritated when I discovered hundreds of my Polvore sets and followers were wiped out.


I’m still wading through my Pinterest boards to locate any of the Polyvore sets I’ve shared there,  and change the links to direct to my own site.  If you’ve saved sets from Polyvore to Pinterest in the past I suggest you do the same, if you haven’t already. No sense sending this company traffic for nada after what they pulled.

Ok, now that I’ve got that off my chest, we can now return to our regularly scheduled blog post!

Even though I can’t use Polyvore anymore, I can still make fashion mood boards using Photoshop. The collage below is a collection of looks that inspired the outfit for this post.

I have a fabulous pair of floral print palazzo pants from the 1940s that I wanted to incorporate with other pieces to create an outfit that was comfy and chic with a 20s/30s vibe.  Wide leg pants were popular in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. In the 1970s designers revived the looks of the 30s, and wide leg pants became trendy again. And  I’m sure you’ve noticed the recent resurgence.


Casual Jazz Era inspired outfit

If you love this look, you can thank Coco Chanel. Back in the 20s she’s the one who popularized “sailor type”  trousers for women. Coco Chanel

Some of these Phyrne Fisher photos also helped inspire my outfit.

Phryne Fisher


40s floral print pants

Loose blouses with ties at a V neckline, referred to as a “Middy”,  were fashionable in the 20s and 30s and derived originally from sailor tops.  I thought this black chiffon tie neck blouse I thrifted would work just fine.  It’s got black lace across the shoulders and back yoke, which is a cool design detail.

The tan straw clutch is from the 1960s.  I’m all good with mixing different eras, along with new, thrifted and vintage pieces when putting together an outfit. The more options the merrier as far as I’m concerned.

1940s novelty print palazzo pants


1940s floral palazzo pants

T strap style shoes were often worn in the 1920s  and 1930s. These are Naturalizers and they are incredibly comfortable.  Discontinued, but you can find a similar style here.40s floral print wide leg pants

I’ve accessorized with green clip on 50s earrings and a bakelite bead bracelet.

The jacket is from April Cornell. It’s a versatile piece that goes with so many things and has a nice vintage-y vibe to it.They no longer make it, but there is very similar one here.

1940s palazzo pants outfit


40s floral print wide leg pants



Till next time….




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By | 2018-06-21T09:37:58-04:00 June 18th, 2018|Fashion, My Vintage Style|10 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell July 4, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Thanks, Ann! I do find palazzos very comfortable to wear and the prints on the vintage ones are so much nicer IMO. But hard to find for sure. Love April Cornell stuff. Has a nice vintagey vibe.

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    Ann July 2, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I love palazzo pants, but have yet to find a pair that suits me! Yours is gorgeous, and original 1940s too: wow! I love that you are mixing eras, and you’ve certainly got the knack to make it look just right. T-strap shoes are my favourite kind, and I’m totally smitten with the April Cornell jacket! xxx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Suzanne, sorry to hear you were a victim as well. And, you are right. All these social sharing sites can and will do whatever they darn please with your creations. I’m sure it’s in their terms of service. Still sleazy though.

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    Suzanne June 19, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I also found out the hard way that Polyvore no longer exists and I had TONS of Polyvore sets linked to my ShopSense account on my blog. Now of course I make nothing and half the time the images don’t even appear. I’m too lazy to go back and switch out all of those sets though. 90% of the clothes I chose are probably no longer available anyhow. It is super annoying though. A lesson learned that when you use someone else’s site to create something you don’t own it and they can do whatever they like with it.

    Love how you’ve styled this! Phryne is one of my heros.


  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 19, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Yes, it was pretty addictive and fun. As far as mixing eras, there are vintage purists who only like to dress head to toe from one era and some who like to mix it up. I do both, not believing fashion choices should be restrictive in any way. Inhibits creativity 🙂

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    Vix June 19, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I never used Polyvore so I didn’t know they’re be bought out. I bet it was highly addictive, though.
    Love your 1920s inspired outfit, you look so cool and elegant in those longer layers and thank you for introducing “middy”into my vocabulary!
    Mixed eras are the best, aren’t they? xxx

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 18, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you Katherine. I can’t believe they did that either!Imagine if Pinterest or Facebook sold to some company and years of posts or boards were deleted with no notice to users? I would think it would create a serious PR issue for the company. Never mind all the companies that used to pay to advertise on there. I’m sure they weren’t too happy either.

  8. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 18, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks Patti! Isn’t Phryne fabulous? She’s my fashion idol too. I do wish they’d bring the show back so I can drool over more of her outfits.

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    Kathrine Eldridge June 18, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I can’t believe that happened to Polyvore! I didn’t know that. So terrible. Love your chic look and the inspirational board you put together.

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    Patti June 18, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I love everything about this outfit, Theresa, including the shout-outs to Phryne Fisher. She’s one of my style icons. You look wonderful and authentically you. thanks for linking up, xo


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