Some of the fashions seen in the 1940s.
As the war descended on Europe, men’s fashion became greatly dictated by economics. Practical, sturdy clothing became a necessity, and no one wanted to be deemed unpatriotic because of a flashy outfit. Certain fabrics were restricted to uniforms only, and men’s suits lost their vests, picket flaps and trouser cuffs. Civilian men generally wore plain, functional suits in solid, plain colors that reflected the darkened wartime atmosphere. Those who remained at home wanted to look as austere as possible.
By the end of the war, America saw the development of the style that is most often associated with the swing era. Clothes were full-cut again, and shirts and coats came in a wide range of colors. Hand-painted silk ties were worn by men who wanted to express their individuality. A man’s accessories became a key to their style as single-breasted jackets were taken off to dance and celebrate. Ties were crucial, and cufflinks and suspenders became popular. Almost every man wore wingtip, spectator shoes, and the wide-brimmed fedora was worn by everyone from gangsters to the president.
AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE COLORS FOUND IN 194OS FASHION
Such colorful and flashy outfits at the end of the decade were in stark contrast to the traditional times both before and after the war.