1940s Indy Style – Indianapolis Month-to-month

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INC spring navy dress, $120, Macy’s. Le Superbe patterned collar top, $345, 8 Fifteen, 815 E. 65th St., 317-253-1234. Vintage sequin coat, $198, Toggery Resale Boutique. Kate Spade peep-toe shoe, $68, Toggery Resale Boutique. A New Day “Diamond Shift” sheer tights, $10, Target, multiple locations. Brown plaid sport coat, $489, J Benzal. Portuguese printed button-down shirt, $162, James Dant, 5624 E. Washington St., 317-974-9715. Stacy Adams “Ellery” cap-toe Oxford shoe, $73, Macy’s.

This year Indianapolis celebrates its 200th anniversary. Over the course of 2020, we will remember with a series of photo essays on fashion inspired by specific decades. These cats are reminiscent of the 1940s along Indiana Avenue.

Photos by Julian Jones
Styled by Laura Walters, Style Riot

Tuxedo jacket, $ 489, J Benzal. White button-down shirt, $ 109, J Benzal. Black Pants, $ 209, J Benzal. Colors of Peter Coral Necktie, $ 8, Toggery Resale Boutique.

Tahari Dress, $ 188, Macy's, Castleton Square Mall, 317-579-4500.  August Hat Company Hut, $ 54, Macy's.  Free people

Alice + Olivia Zebra blouse, $ 32, Toggery Resale Boutique. Alice + Olivia striped blouse, $ 38, Toggery Resale Boutique. Ann Taylor tuxedo shorts, $ 14, Toggery Resale Boutique. Vintage tapestry coat, $ 98, Rebel Vintage, 1051 E. 54th St., 317-602-2388. Vintage leopard hat, $ 25, Rebel Vintage.

Yannis Fur Coat, $ 198, Toggery Resale Boutique, 1810 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-257-5661.  Shelli Segal lingerie shimmery dress, $ 109, Macy's.  Green three-piece suit, $ 975, J. Benzal, 22 E. Washington St., 317-222-1216.  Paisley print button-down shirt, $ 109, J Benzal.  Brown bow tie, $ 45, J Benzal.

INC Spring Navy Dress, $ 120, Macy’s. Le Superbe Patterned Collar Top, $ 345, 8 Fifteen, 815 E. 65th St., 317-253-1234. Vintage sequin coat, $ 198, Toggery Resale Boutique. Kate Spade peep-toe shoe, $ 68, Toggery Resale Boutique. A New Day “Diamond Shift” tights, $ 10, destination, multiple locations. Brown plaid sports coat, $ 489, J Benzal. Portuguese printed button-down shirt, $ 162, James Dant, 5624 E. Washington St., 317-974-9715. Stacy Adams “Ellery” Cap Toe Oxford Shoe, $ 73, Macy’s.

Tahari Dress, $ 188, Macy's, Castleton Square Mall, 317-579-4500.  August Hat Company Hut, $ 54, Macy's.  Free people

Tahari Dress, $ 188, Macy’s, Castleton Square Mall, 317-579-4500. August Hat Company Hut, $ 54, Macy’s. Free People “Midnight” kimono jacket, $ 128, Macy’s.

INC Spring Navy Dress, $ 120, Macy's.  Le Superbe Patterned Collar Top, $ 345, 8 Fifteen, 815 E. 65th St., 317-253-1234.  Vintage sequin coat, $ 198, Toggery Resale Boutique.  Kate Spade peep-toe shoe, $ 68, Toggery Resale Boutique.  A new day

INC Spring Navy Dress, $ 120, Macy’s. Le Superbe Patterned Collar Top, $ 345, 8 Fifteen, 815 E. 65th St., 317-253-1234. Vintage sequin coat, $ 198, Toggery Resale Boutique. Kate Spade peep-toe shoe, $ 68, Toggery Resale Boutique. A New Day “Diamond Shift” tights, $ 10, destination, multiple locations. Brown plaid sports coat, $ 489, J Benzal. Portuguese printed button-down shirt, $ 162, James Dant, 5624 E. Washington St., 317-974-9715. Stacy Adams “Ellery” Cap Toe Oxford Shoe, $ 73, Macy’s.

Yannis Fur Coat, $ 198, Toggery Resale Boutique, 1810 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-257-5661.  Shelli Segal lingerie shimmery dress, $ 109, Macy's.  Green three-piece suit, $ 975, J. Benzal, 22 E. Washington St., 317-222-1216.  Paisley print button-down shirt, $ 109, J Benzal.  Brown bow tie, $ 45, J Benzal.

Yannis Fur Coat, $ 198, Toggery Resale Boutique, 1810 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-257-5661. Shelli Segal lingerie shimmery dress, $ 109, Macy’s. Green three-piece suit, $ 975, J. Benzal, 22 E. Washington St., 317-222-1216. Paisley print button-down shirt, $ 109, J Benzal. Brown bow tie, $ 45, J Benzal.

Blue two-piece suit, $ 895, J Benzal.  White button-down shirt, $ 109, J Benzal.  Brown Italian leather shoes, $ 299, J Benzal.  Orange tie, $ 75, J Benzal.

Blue two-piece suit, $ 895, J Benzal. White button-down shirt, $ 109, J Benzal. Brown Italian leather shoes, $ 299, J Benzal. Orange tie, $ 75, J Benzal.

The building

The Madam Walker Legacy Center, which continues to undergo an impressive renovation, was once home to jazz legends Wes Montgomery and Freddie Hubbard. It was and will be the place where a show was held on Indiana Avenue.