Tuesday, 31 January 2012

1940s Vintage Blouses

1940 Blouses, image source:

For women, fashions in the 1940's were a time of practical comfort and simple elegance. War rationing limited fabric choices and designs but even after the war the styles didn't change much. Here is a quick overview of common fashion designs in the 1940's.

1940's women wore either dresses, two piece suits, skirts and blouses or occasionally pants. The dress was shaped like an hour glass. The shoulders were wide and padded, narrowed down the bodice to a tight waist and then flared out moderately to an A-line skirt ending at the low knee. This was the shape of the decade. Designs were simple and uncluttered with fancy trims or decorations. Colors were earthy in the early 40's and bright and pattered in the late 40's.

You can find this 1940's vintage blouse at

Two Piece suits were very popular in the 1940's. The skirt was A -line with minimal pleating and centered around the high waist (above the bellybutton.) The Suit jacket was shaped like a dress, with two or three big buttons down the front, square shoulders, and fitted at the waist. The bolero jacket was another jacket variation worn over a blouse.

Blouses had padded shoulders, puffy loose sleeves, and they tapered at the wrist for long sleeves and ended just above the elbow for shorter sleeves. They could be plain light colors or fun striped patterns. Many women knit their own blouses and sweaters.

With clothing being plain the accessories were big, colorful, bold and vibrant with patterns and textures. "Costume Jewelry" was all the rage with women along with fun plastic clutch purses. Hats were either small and decorated or large and simple, many with veils that hung over the face and underneath the chin. Shoes were plain, "chunky,"pumps, wedges or oxfords. Even sandals took on a similar heavy look.

This is 1940's fashion in a nut shell. Visit this site to learn more about 1940's fashions, with pictures, and shopping advice for men and women.

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