1940s clothing and trends in America from 1940 to 1947 were influenced by the pressures of World War II. Victory suits, padded blazers and pants were worn by women. Wool, nylon and silk was outlawed, so rayon and gabardine became popular materials.’40s American fashion was about masculine styling of severe suiting, sharp and somber-colored dresses and the era’s “make do and mend” motif.
I worked with Hinesite Vintage to model 5 ’40s dresses representative of the era’s trends. From military style to country chic to novelty print design and more, these dresses possess unique attributes that make them quintessential pieces of their time.
Keep reading after the jump to see the 5 styles I think best represent the ’40s, and to see which one best fits your vintage-inspired life!