Curls were in in the 1940s. Pin curls, roller curls, brushed into place curls. Women could make them, artificially if need be, and men might be blessed with them.
One of the outstanding features of the 1940s is the Zoot suit. These first appearing in the 1930s, but, by the 1940s they were associated with gangsters or rebellious young men.
the 1940s, especially the later half of the decade, brought out a new concept: casual dress as a new style for adult men, not just teens and the university crowd.
Just like the 1910s, the fashions of this decade can be divided into two types, during the war and after the war. The all-out effort of the war dictated that the civilians had to be deprived of meat, dairy, silk, wool and many other items. This led to simplicity in style and dependence on just a few looks to carry women through the war.
Luckily, men’s clothes have not changed as dramatically as women’s clothes over the past century. Here’s the scoop on the variations for the decade of the 1910’s.
In addition to the pompadours, the upswept hair of each Gibson girl, which became more exotic with the years, and the hats, which became more unwieldy, the dresses became more elaborate. The first half of the 1910s decade was a celebration of ostentation.
The second decade of the twentieth century was one of glamour, glitz and societal norms. English and American styles were dictated by the style dictators in Paris. This ended with the Great War. Society changed in those four years. Life changed. It would never look the same, again. And neither would the styles women wore.
The outfits men have worn in the past few hundred years have been an advertisement of their class and job status. The 1920s was no exception.
Accessories were the top of the fashion list for the ladies of the 1920s. With so many dresses made from such similar patterns, the fabrics and the accessories made all the difference.
Everyone had to have fur! And if you couldn’t afford a real fur coat, there were faux fur coats or cloth coats trimmed with fur at collar and cuffs.