Annual Clothing Plan and Budget 1947 –
Now see the lavishly illustrated concise history of 1940s fashion !!
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
1 Straw hat
1 Winter coat
1 Summer coat
1 Evening Dress – rayon
2 Afternoon dresses – rayon
2 Street dresses – wool
2 street dresses- rayon
2 house dresses – cotton
Paris Evening Dress – 1946 [ not made from Rayon of course ! ] Many women of a sewing disposition would attempt to copy these with patterns,
Typical Street Dresses from 1947
2 Pairs of Street shoes – Oxfords
1 Pair of Dress shoes
Henry Fonda started out his film career as a shoe fitter to Barbara Stanwyk !
1 Bathrobe – cotton
3 Pyjamas – cotton
3 Pair of Stockings – rayon
1 Pair of Slippers – leather
1 Pair of Galoshes
2 Set of Gloves – leather
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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