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Top 1940’s Women’s Fashion and Dress Posts.
The Easy Guide to 1940s Women’s Dress and Style
Vintage Swimwear of the 1940’s.
1940’s women’s hairstyles.
New York Women’s Fashion n the late 1940’s.
1940’s fashion – How to wear Fully Fashioned Stockings.
A Young Woman’s Wardrobe Plan 1947.
Betty’s Winter Wardrobe Plan 1948.
1940’s Wedding Dress Fashions.
1940’s Vintage Makeup Guide.
What Makeup did women really wear in the 1940’s?
The Complete 1940’s Makeup Guide and History.
1940’s Fashion – Women’s Dress Style after the War
1940s fashion – Four White Collar Girl wardrobes in 1940
1940’s Fashion Key Features.
Whether it was a dress,sleeveless sweater, cardigan, silk dressing gown or bodice, the padded or puffed shoulder was the dominant look. Originally made popular in the mid to late 1930’s by designer Elsa Schiaparelli and actress Joan Crawford , it now defines the look of the 1940’s woman.
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Bodice Top or Dress
Traditionally a two piece garment sewn together. Popular 1940’s bodices had padded or puffed
shoulders with Long or short sleeves.
High round, sweetheart, small collars.
1940’s Shoe Style.
Oxfords, Pumps and Sandals were the order of the day. Visit the Complete guide to 1940’s women’s shoes
Inset, short or long, puff.
The War Years – Ration Fashion in the 1940s.
In all countries involved in the conflict, fashion houses either closed, or worked for their governments. In Britain – Designer Norman Hartnell speedily produced designs which were mass producible – yet colorful and feminine.
In France, most of the leading couture houses like Chanel and Schiaparelli shut during the occupation and by default, the rise in consumer friendly and affordable fashions took off in the USA.
1940s Nylons ! Though not commonly available when the war started, as there was a huge drive to ‘ hand in ‘ your nylon stockings to the authorities, so they could be used for the war effort. Everything from parachutes to the nose cones of bombs. Whilst American women at home went without, the US army issued American soldiers on their way to Europe with nylons to woo British and French women with. By all accounts it worked ! When the war ended, the sale of nylon stockings went through the roof. Durng the austerity years of the war – the make do and mend era, the lack of nylons had women on both sides of the Atlantic resorting to leg cosmetics, painted stockings , also called liquid stockings . The drawing in of the all important seams being the difficult final touch!
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