1940’s Clothing Plan and Budget 1947 –
Now see the lavishly illustrated concise history of 1940s fashion !
1940’s Fashion – A Young Woman’s Annual Clothing Plan
A typical yearly clothing plan for a 19 year old San Francisco woman in 1947.
Even in the opulent USA, the average woman of reasonable means, could only afford one or two of her favorite wardrobe items, such as dresses, hats, underwear, shoes, stockings, gloves, handbags etc. The chief fabric is the new Rayon !
It’s an interesting insight not only into the normal clothes a fashionable young woman of moderate means would wear in the post world war two years, but of the actual cost !
Even with the limited budget, a 1940’s woman still managed to be glamorous.
1940’s Clothing Plan – Hats and Coats
- One Straw hat
- 1 Winter Reefer coat
- Single Summer coat
1947 Clothing Plan – Dresses
- 1 Evening Dress – rayon
- 2 x Afternoon dresses – rayon
- Two Day dresses – wool
- 2 x Street dresses- rayon
- Two Tea dresses – cotton
1947 Clothing Plan – Lingerie
- 2 Slips – rayon
- Two Girdles
- 3 Brassieres
- Panties – rayon x 3
1947 Clothing Plan – Shoes
- One pair of Oxfords
- Two pairs of open toe pumps
- 1 Pair of evening sandals
Henry Fonda started out his film career as a shoe fitter to Barbara Stanwyck.
1940’s Clothing Plan – Accessories
- 1 Bathrobe – cotton
- 3 Pajamas – cotton
- Three Pairs of Stockings
- 1 Pair of Slippers – leather
- Pair of Galoshes
- 2 Set of Gloves – leather
- 1 Handbag
Total purchase cost annually – $ 112.00
Annual maintenance costs
Cleaning and pressing – $ 2.20 total
Heels – 5 replacements at $ 1.35 total
Toe Tips – 5 replacements at $ 1.70
Half soles and heels – 1 replacement $1.37
Clothing budgets is not a term that modern women in the developed west tend to think about these days, but back in the frugal post depression and war years, it was a necessity. These budgets for women were usually published in magazines by budgeting experts and were for anything from one year up to three years.
That’s all !
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19 thoughts on “1940’s Fashion – A Woman’s Clothing Plan 1947”
Great post, my husband and I jokingly say we are in “war times” I mean, we actually are though! (referring to our budget)… I was just watching a couple classic 1940’s movies and wondering what they would usually buy for a wardrobe.. this is very informative! We could stick to this now a days and do without the stockings, corsets and hats, gloves, so it would be even cheaper!
I sense the rapid urge to go during my closet and pare down my wardrobe!
I love this post! Very useful information. Just some food for thought though.. her clothing budget with maintenance totals at $119. With inflation that would be close to $1150 now! I definitely don't spend that much annually on clothes but maybe this means I should go shopping ;)
I think they should bring back the 'galoshes'.
Great post; thank you.
this is really great iv been trying to simplify my wardrobe for ages this really helped and i love the style of this era =)
I feel the sudden urge to go through my closet and pare down my wardrobe!
I love this!! I might use this as a yearly sewing guide!
Perfect! Since I'm a 19 yr. old College girl this is the perfect info for me! Especially since being on a budget will help me simplify. I love that it's 40's too!
I've been wanting to make more wardrobe more home-sewn, but wasn't sure where to start, so this list is extremely helpful for me! Though I could probably nix the evening gown for a different type of dress.
Oh how wonderful to read! It really has changed.
But I cant set my mind on if it´s a good change or not…
Because I like the way they thought before,
but it was somewhat conservative.
What an amazing post! Thank you! I look on shamefully at my vastly reduced shoe collection which is still far too large, it does make you realise how little you can actually live with, an important lesson in this tough financial times.
Isn't it funny how priorities have changed – I would go without the three pairs of pajamas and one pair of slippers in order to have another dress or pair of shoes!
the 1940s are forever the best decade of fashion…to this day everyone is trying to capture its beauty.
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Great post! I need to get my clothing priorities in place.
Indeed a great post!!!
This is so wonderful! It'll certainly help me prioritize my wardrobe purchases!
Great post! I know I will use this as a list for my fall basics I need :)
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