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Fashion in the 1940's

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Megan Hinde

on 4 October 2012

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1940's FASHION Women's clothes of the 1940s were typically modeled after the utility clothes produced during war rationing. Which was squared shoulders, narrow hips, and skirts that ended just below the knee were the height of fashion. Tailored suits were also quite popular. Do-it-yourself home fashions were encouraged, and women were educated on how to conserve material or update older dresses to the latest fashions. WOMENS CLOTHING WOMENS HATS A number of female hat styles were popular during the 1940s, many of which evolved from the 1930s fashions. Head scarves were also quite fashionable during the 1940s. WOMENS SHOES The peep-toe shoe is a women's shoe where there is an opening at the toe box which allows the toes to show. The peep-toe shoe became popular in the early 1940's and disappeared in the early 1960's Leather ended up being restricted to military use only, therefor all sorts of material was incorporated for shoes with reptile skins and mesh as the most successful substitutes. Women were now wearing cork or wood-soled “Wedgies.” MENS CLOTHING Before the war regular men normally wore, plain suits in black or navy blue colors. After the war was over the working men could attend work offices wearing nicer suits. The most recognized jacket was called the Esquire jacket which had broad shoulders and fit looser than a regular suit. Men preferred short wide ties, tied in a Windsor's knots. Which came with fancy and colorful patterns The Zoot Suit was very popular in the 1930's and was typically worn by black males and mexicans. This suit was considered illegal and prohibited, because so many gangsters wore this it did not receive a good reputation. MENS SHOES Men usually bought shoes with leather wing-tip and cap toe with laces in brown or black colors. MENS HATS For women choosing a hat is a matter of personality. A hat can express many things - boldness or shyness, sophistication or femininity, drama or daintiness Zoot suit hat with a tear drop creased crown, and made of quality firm wool felt. The feather is easily removed or put back on. The inside of this hat is satin lined and the edges are bound. CHILDREN'S CLOTHING The children wore all homemade clothes by the mother. The girls would wear dresses sewed together topped with lace, and the boys would simply wear long pants and most likely a buttoned up shirt. The material that they're clothing was made of is material that we would now refer to as "scrub material". CHILDREN'S FOOTWEAR These are boys black molded shoes, they were popular to wear when going out or when you were being seen in public. These shoes are an example of shoes that a girl would wear, they are deep red leather, which was very fashionable in footwear in the 1940's. THE END Military boots essentially covered half the leg, running all the way up to the knee, which made the person wearing these boots tuck in his trousers. There were different types of boots for different types of terrain, but majority of boots were leather boots.
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