1940s Casual at the Zoo


Pj is on vacation for a few days this week so we've been running around all over St Louis, enjoying the beautiful weather. Although I haven't been on the computer much, I wanted to pop in and share my fun day!

 Today, we took the little ones to the St Louis Zoo. Unlike my previous zoo outings here and here, I decided to be smart and wear something practical. I wore my Wearing History jeans, which are one of my favorite wardrobe staples.

I am very tall and often forget to make sure to add a little extra length when I sew pants for myself so these were just a little shorter than I like. Instead of scrapping them or trying to hide the fact with a cuff, I roll them up- late 40s style with some pants inspiration from my Pinterest board, She Wears The Pants.

1940s casual jeans fashion

I love this outfit so much. It's summery, comfortable, practical and I just feel adorable in these jeans! 

plus size 1940s vintage casual jeans style

Also, I attempted to reproduce my 1939 Party hair from last week and since it worked out, I'll be posting a tutorial hopefully this week! The Instagram filter turned my hair kind of reddish, which I think I'm in love with. I've been lusting over the beautiful ginger tones in the hair dye aisle lately so this might have to happen soon.

1940s victory rolls and pin curls

I shared some of my photos on Instagram @vavoomvintage, including my double stacks of green and butterscotch bakelite

One of my favorite parts of the zoo is the Reptile House, built in 1927. Our zoo has many beautiful buildings from the early 1900s throughout. They are truly just as beautiful to look at as the animals.

Rhys spots a lion basking on a rock

Last summer, the zoo opened the new sea lion exhibit with an observation tunnel. Watching the sea lions zoom through the water above us was so magical. One of them stopped behind a little girl who was getting her picture taken and started to lick the glass next to her face!

1950s blouse- estate
jeans- sewn by me using Wearing History jeans pattern
shoes- Arris Allen Rug Cutter Wedges
1930s beaded brooch- hierloom from Great Grandma Alma


  1. You do look adorable!! Nice and casual but still so polished. I just love that blouse! It looks like you had a really great time--glad the weather is finally looking up!

    Also, I've been reading through your Bloggerific course since purchasing it on Saturday, and so far it has been splendid! Impeccably put together and very informative. Thank you so much for all your hard work, and I just want to wish you the best with it.


    1. Oh goodness, thank you so much! I have been so nervous about the ecourse, hoping I wasn't rambling too much and that I covered everything! Thank you so much, thrilled that you like it!!

  2. Your jeans look so professionally made and I just love your hairstyle!

  3. Talk about the mother of all flashbacks! As soon as I saw your photo of the reptile house, I in remembered visiting that zoo in 1975. My elder sister drove us down from Chicago to see the city (and new-ish amusement park) and we somehow ended up seeing the zoo as well. I haven't thought about this in ages, but after showing this post to my husband, we're thinking it might be worth a trip with our son (we're in Omaha now).

    Thank you for reminding me of something I wouldn't have otherwise remembered. And those jeans are fantastic. Well done!

  4. Love the outfit! Love your blog! Love your style! I rarely comment, but just recently I caught a few episodes of a British show called "Land Girls" on Netflix … about the gals that worked the farms during WWII. The story was great and all, but I really fell in love with the clothes. From their working clothes (check out the overalls) to their dance dresses … oh and the shoes! You'd love it!

    1. Oh yes! I LOVE landgirls!! I havent seen it in a while so I may have to re-watch. They have lots of great casual looks for summer

  5. Great photo's, fab outfit! :)

  6. I love your outfit and I adore your hair. It looks beautiful!

  7. You look gorgeous in green! Great out fit inspiration. Thanks

  8. You look adorable and oh-so springy! I love the colors and the jeans look great (did you say you MADE THEM??) cuffed up like that. I feel like I would look like I had super stumpy legs if I tried that....
    I love your pictures of the reptile house, too, what a nifty building.

  9. Love everything about this look!! And you should totally rock the ginger hues.

  10. What denim did you use to make your pants? I wear my jeans all the time, and I'm afraid the denim is already wearing out. Have you encountered this problem? How did you solve it?

    1. I think the denim of these pants is cheap stuff from Walmart but I also made some overalls in a medium weight from Joannes and I haven't noticed any wear on them yet. I do try to avoid the super thin stuff because I'm afraid they'll wear out quickly but I havent had any problems with them yet

  11. Fantastic outfit! The jeans look fab rolled up! Definitely try out the red hair color, it looks very nice, if you're not ready to commit permanently, I recently went red (now back to blonde), using L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss, which is not too harsh on the hair and gradually washes out, I didn't wait 28 washes to find out how blonde my hair would get, but I did see a gradual fade with every wash. It's a great way to see if you'd like it and I think there are a few other brands which do similar types of semi-permanent dyes. :)

  12. Oh, I just got that jeans pattern. What did you think of it?

    1. Cannot rave about it enough!! I made the overalls and the jeans and I just love it. Im surprised, I didnt have to make any alterations to mine and they fit beautifully! Hope to whip up a few more pairs soon!!

  13. Very cute zoo going ensemble! I especially like the first photo here, where you're all smiles as a zebra causally meanders past in the background.

    ♥ Jessica


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