Women’s Fashion

Christian Dior

The 1940s saw two distinctive styles in women’s fashion. From the beginning of the decade until the “New Look” in 1947, women’s dresses were knee-length and featured padded shoulders. This added a flair to clothing that was otherwise simple, because of wartime rationing.

Women became creative in mixing separates to make a wardrobe seem more diverse than it was. Homemade accessories and elaborate hairstyles allowed women to show their flair without expense or waste. Hats became very popular.
Even in suits or factory overalls, hair curls and bright red lipstick kept the look feminine. Jackets were shorter, and, the peplum became popular, helping to narrow the hips and showing off a trim waist. The clothes were simple and practical, but women still managed to look attractive even during the lean years of war.

With the war over and materials finally available again, the Paris couturiers once again took the fashion helm. Christian Dior (pictured above) pioneered the New Look, which featured a nipped waist, longer lengths and fuller skirts, lots of fabric was used and a more classically feminine image was created.

Also see below for women’s 1940′s fashion, dresses, hairstyles, swimwear, and shoes.

http://1940s.org/fashion/

http://1940s.org/fashion/women/dresses/

http://1940s.org/fashion/women/hairstyles/

http://1940s.org/fashion/women/bathing-suits/

http://1940s.org/fashion/women/womens-shoes/

 

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