40s fashion: what did women wear in 1940’s?

40s fashion is one of the most stylish and classy fashion in the history.

Padded shoulders, high waist tops, and A-line skirts till the knee level were the basics for a perfect 40s outfit.

The materials used for clothing were natural fibers like linen, cotton, wool, and silk and others like rayon, acetate, and nylon. Usually light and sheer materials were the best for nightwear.

One of the interesting aspects of this type of fashion was the use of colors, from pastel colors in pink, yellow, blue, to mint green, and even gold, violet, aqua, coral, green, grey, red, brown, black.

Shoes were simplistic, mainly in basic colors like black, brown, red, blue. Also, shoes were relatively comfortable, with low chunky heels, even though during the end of the decade heels started to be higher and embellishments were added to the shoe. In the summertime, sandals with the opening of the toe and heel were used. The top materials for shoes were reptile skins, mesh, and fabric.

Curls and Victory rolls were the main feature of 40s hairstyle, the makeup was simple but glamorous at the same time, with red lipstick and a winged eye-liner.

Dressing in 40s style is not difficult, nowadays there are plenty of options online to choose from. Below some examples of 40s outfits adapted to our period, you might want to try.


Voodoo Vixen 1940s cherry print dress

1940s Style Teal & Antique Cherry Print Dress


40s style pink dress

40s Style Bow Tie Half Sleeve Pleated Shirt Dresses

Cream chiffon blouse 1940s

A gorgeous cream color blouse in chiffon, 40s style.


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