Tips on how best to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale

Tips on how best to dress like a 1940s Femme Fatale!

Some time back, I wrote a comprehensive article About Femme Fatale portrayed in 19th and 20th-century artwork, focusing on painting and literature. In this much lighter article, I’d love to show you how you can make a 1940s Femme Fatale look with first 1940s clothing, in addition to modern reproductions.

I don’t think that there is one quintessential Femme Fatale look. Black appears always to be the favored option for those trying to imitate the style of a Hollywood Fatale lady, but I guess that this is only because the majority of the iconic 1940s movies were shot in black and white. I bet you will find a tiny shock next time you see; Leave Her to Heaven, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Double Indemnity, at which the sirens wore mostly white!

Femme Fatale seems — the essentials.

Definition: Femme Fatale

  1. A woman who’s very attractive in a Mysterious manner, usually leading men into danger or causing their destruction
  2. Femme Fatale’s appearance Characteristics based on me

Beautiful, mysterious, classy, Irresistible, but not vulgar.

  1. The outfits do not make the man, but they’re certainly a large part of why the Femme Fatale is indeed desirable.

Large 1940s shoulder pads and colossal Sleeves are an ideal way to begin the Femme Fatale appearance!

I used to hate my broad Joan Crawford-like shoulders. I highlight them with a 1940s coat and enormous shoulder pads for a compelling and dramatic appearance.

A long and Figure-hugging skirt or dress accessorized with a statement faux-fur piece and a tilted hat is genuinely all you will need to create a 1940s Femme Fatale look.

That being said, a set of 1940s, or in the style of 1940s, slacks paired with a blouse with enormous sleeves will make a similar effect.

Don’t forget about hair and make-up! All you need is a gorgeous shade of orange or red lipstick, eyeliner, and untrue eyelashes/enlargement mascara.

Each 1940s Hairstyle I can think of will do the Femme Fatale job look, so stick to what suits you best. If you’re helpless with styling your hair, I suggest that you invest in a wig like the one below from Necia.

My “Mildred Pierce” inspired look.

Of course, the color Black is synonymous with the 1940s Femme Fatale appearance, and it appears to be among my favorites. I match the 1940s skirt suit with a faux fur collar from Helen Moore and an early 1940s brooch, present from my mom in law.

If You’re On the lookout for a black silk gown inspired by Gilda, the best one I’ve ever seen and attempted is the Australian manufacturer Wheels & Dollbaby!


It’s a much Previous movie, but I had to add it to reveal the most incredible and inspirational wardrobe.


In the Picture by Gregory Michael King, I am wearing; a 1940s skirt and velvet cape, paired with a Couture shirt from Veroni Deco, a faux fur hat, scarf, and muff as of Helen Moore, Wolford