Can someone please tell me about the 1940’s?
Eg. how a 14 year old would dress, what I would do for fun, ect.
Thanks a ton!
Men often wore suits (always polished shoes) and felt hats. Take a look at some old movies around the 40’s. Trench coats were often worn as well. People took great pride in dressing up during these times. Women wore nylons with seams down the back (and during WW2 when times were tough and women couldn’t get nylons they would take their eyebrow pencil and draw a line down the back of each leg so it looked like they had nylons on. Often women would wear a scare tied in the front to keep their hair out of their faces. Women wore suits and hats and sun dresses were really in fashion at the time. Ankle socks with thick heels high heels were worn. Dresses got shorter (just mid-knee.) During the war effort women wore cover-alls when they worked at the factories (just like the men had in the past.) Hair styles were up-dos (hair pulled up at the back and curled on top) sometimes braids, other times their hair would be curled and left long. Children usually wore cover-alls, T-shirts, and plain old running shoes or plain shoes with very hard toes on them. Good clothes were kept for Sunday church or for an outing.
You can look in books and old magazines for pictures to see what the clothes looked like. Except for stylistic differences they were essentially the same kind of clothes people wear today. Men wore suits and ties to dress up, jeans and work shirts otherwise. Women were much more likely to wear dresses rather than pants and skirts never came above the knees. Almost everybody wore hats.
My mother once told me an interesting story about dressing up to go out during the war. Being in England they didn’t have access to luxury items like stockings (unless they got them off an American soldier), so some women would rub oil on their legs, and then take an eybrow pencil to draw a fake stocking seam up the back of the leg. They had to be inventive in those days. Most of the time, my mother and father wore the uniform provided for them by the army, but Dad had to wear a civilian shirt underneath because the rough uniform material made him itch.
Depending on the country you may be thinking of — the occupied countries of Europe most people would only wear civilian clothes in current fashion. In Britain people in the workplace wore the protective overalls of their job when at work, but when the workday ended they came home to a meagre meal before putting on a uniform to report for service in the war effort during the evening and sometimes overnight,such jobs as firefighter, home guard, observer corps (watching for invading aircraft), fire — watching (to report fires started by enemy bombers, air-raid wardens, auxilliary police, nurses aide, many uniforms, then after a few hours sleep they would be back at their work station for another day. The civilian styles for ladies had exaggerated,padded shoulders to make them look broad shouldered. their hats favoured the mens trilby style (this can be seen in the film “Casablanca” as worn by the heroine. Men were mostly in military uniform of their particular service.
Ask your nanny or grandad if they lived threw the war and ask them what where would wear!
Women usually wore long plain skirts with usually white or pink type tops. Men and boys wore green or black trousers with shirts (white or green).
In Britain many women in office jobs, and middle-class women more generally, adopted some features of ‘industrial’ styles, especially very short hair styles. (Again, look at movies and photos from the time). The idea was to show solidarity with women doing physically demanding factory work. For most of WW2 able-bodied childless women in Britain were subject to compulsory national service (conscription). For some, this involved nursing or school teaching, but for most it meant working in the armaments industries. A few really lucky women got fascinating jobs, but that was exceptional
My guess is you would probably dress similar to Anne Frank, she usually wore dresses and schoolgirl clothes. You might watch films at the theater for fun or go see plays, or possibly keep a journal.
shes tottaly right “it happened on 5th avenue” its from 1947