…..and I’m pondering the idea of dressing as the main character in order to experience the world as she did.
Obviously, I won’t be subjected to ration books (because things like silk, food and other items were reserved primarily for those serving in World War II), nor will I be paying 1940s prices or rattling about in a 1935 roadster with rumble seat.  On the bright side, however, I can still listen to music, view films and read novels of that era quite easily. Also, there’s historical documents, non-fiction and documentaries to round all of that background out in a well-balanced way.
Still, my goal in dressing in a similar manner as the main character is to get a sense of how she walks and how her clothes and shoes affect her. This would greatly impact her thoughts, anyone she comes into contact with, how she feels about the day in general and her mood overall. Since I prefer comfortable sneakers, jeans and a T-shirt whenever possible, this will greatly enhance my understanding of the character.
I hadn’t tried this before, since most of my characters are set in our current time frame, but I’m actually tickled to try this one out. I have a dress that actually has that vintage look of the late 40s/early 50s and vintage shoes that have a thick and rather sensible heel (one that Miss Marple would approve of).  When I go into town, I tend to park a few blocks from the downtown area and walk in. This is the perfect amount of distance without overdoing things and defeating the whole purpose of this experiment.
There are a few things I’m going to have to go without, however. Gloves were quite the fashion accessory back in the day, which is something I don’t own. Neither do I have a proper hat to pin to my head (some with netting, some without). I’ve also no idea how to do up my hair to fit the time period (and I imagine it would be time-consuming). 
Still, I look forward to doing this – it’ll be fun, if not challenging. In theater, this is one way to find the character from the inside out, developing their history and their Moments Before, prior to their entrance into the story.
I will keep you posted with updates and pictures, as I catch them.
 Not gonna lie, I’m kind of bummed about that last one.
 It’s been commented upon that it’s a good look for me. I can work with that. 🙂
 There will be trips to thrift stores for the gloves and hat – hopefully, the luck of the Irish will be with me.
March 12, 2019 at 9:16 AM
There are some great Youtube tutorials for vintage hair styling, and your hair would look amazing in a 40’s style. Just sayin’. 🙂
March 12, 2019 at 11:19 AM
Well, we’ll see if I have the patience to do it, but I’m game to try. 🙂