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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 20:47 pm 
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hi all

as i have seen many impressions over the few years from walking out of allo allo set to brilliant french civi with hidden weapons. i was wondering who else has seen bad and good. maybe hints for things to stay away from and things to do.


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ohh Matt and i`ve just brought some new white socks to go with the macintosh and beret. seen some howlers, inc a woman with dress, stockings and stole carrying a sten a resistance fighter with sten mk V and bandoleer and FFI beret badge.

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Hull veterans event a few years back. Primark coats and ankle socks.


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I dress in a French maid's outfit from Anne Summer's with stockings and my missus dresses up in SS kit and does a full body search on me looking for hidden explosives, does that count ?


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Probably more authentic.


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Can you explain what, fashion history wise, is wrong with ankle socks for rural or urban French in the 1940s? As far as I can assess they are quite correct. They seem like a cliche, the resistance version of the airbornes chest holster but they were worn by many at the time. Stockings were impossible to find and out of the reach of most pockets.
The problem I see with resistance girls is what they wear with the ankle socks. Berets and skirts that are way too short, not for my preference but for period fashion.
The other problem is them in combat with regular forces of the allies. Did it happen that women fought along side regular troops? I can't find much support for it.

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My wife and I joined a French resistance group last year. The biggest problem we have found is sourcing suitable clothing. Although we both have some original items, mostly we have had to adapt modern clothing. Unlike our uniformed brethren we dont have the luxury of companies producing replica kit.

What also surprised me when we started researching the period was the difference between contempory French and British fashions. Whereas we think of high waisted trousers being the norm this does not seem to be the case in France. Photographic evidence would seem to inicate that trousers were worn at a more "modern" height. Similarly, shorter hemlines can be seen in period French photographs that would not be seen in British equivalents.

Whilst there are plenty of dodgy resistance impressions out there, not all of them may be as dodgy as you may first think.


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These things you might see in the cities but for rural girls and young men? The older folk were certainly conservative in their dress. Pictures of the locals in normandy show that to be clear.
Try http://www.old-town.co.uk/products.htm or http://www.darcyclothing.com/shop/ for ideas for gents. Old Town do have ladies stuff.
Resistance clothing would be practical more often than fashion. You wont tuck an oily ppk into the waistband of some haute couture number whilst hubby in his top and tails plants explosive on the rail track.

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Etsy is, I find a useful resource for looking at civilian fashions of various periods.
There are usually some period journals for sale with photos you can browse.

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Don't think these guys have been active as a group for sometime, but I thought thier impression was not bad when I saw it being performed

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Ankle socks were generally worn by younger women, my missus says and for older women (30 plus) being bare legged was not socially very acceptable and people get confused, while top end stockings in silk or rayon were hard to find, the more common wool or cotton stockings were easily fixed and widely available. (hope no one thinks i'm a secret stocking fetishst!)

if you were resistance, you want to blend in. If you're a hairdresser in the town, you don't suddenly don a boiler suit and beret do you? gonna stand out like a sore thumb.

browse etsy often for ladies clothin do yer le maitre :D only jestin.


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LeMaitre wrote:
These things you might see in the cities but for rural girls and young men? The older folk were certainly conservative in their dress. Pictures of the locals in normandy show that to be clear.
Try http://www.old-town.co.uk/products.htm or http://www.darcyclothing.com/shop/ for ideas for gents. Old Town do have ladies stuff.
Resistance clothing would be practical more often than fashion. You wont tuck an oily ppk into the waistband of some haute couture number whilst hubby in his top and tails plants explosive on the rail track.


I used the word "fashion" in it's broadest sense. I would totally agree that older folk were more conservative in their dress (they still are) and I'm not defending bad impressions. I'm simply saying that that there was a wider variety of styles of dress than may be first thought (certainly more than I thought before I started researching). We should all strive to be as accurate as possible. Both my wife and and I have found items that in style would be perfect for the period but that have been made of modern fabrics (and obviously so) and have passed them by as sadly unsuitable.

My own impression I consider to be ok for someone starting out but certainly not as good as it could be and after seeing the the impressions of actual FRENCH Resistance reenactors certainly not a patch on them. But then I've never seen any UK based French Resistance impression that has been anywhere near as good as them.

Effort is required and we are certainly hoping to take a trip across the Channel to hit the flea markets etc to look for more suitable items to improve our impressions.


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Primark coats are never right.

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MonkeyMagic wrote:
Ankle socks were generally worn by younger women, my missus says and for older women (30 plus) being bare legged was not socially very acceptable and people get confused, while top end stockings in silk or rayon were hard to find, the more common wool or cotton stockings were easily fixed and widely available. (hope no one thinks i'm a secret stocking fetishst!)

if you were resistance, you want to blend in. If you're a hairdresser in the town, you don't suddenly don a boiler suit and beret do you? gonna stand out like a sore thumb.

browse etsy often for ladies clothin do yer le maitre :D only jestin.


I think you're right, here is a picture of a class of "première", which means they are aged around 16-17. It was shot in 1942-1943. Look at all those white socks in the front row! :)

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