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
- 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 !
Original source material – Clothes for Girls -1927 by Elizabeth Todd
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