1940s Military Fashion – The Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve- Glamourdaze continues its examination of uniforms worn by women serving in the American forces – in this case the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve or USMCWR . Similar to the men, but with lighter cloth, the Winter uniform of the MCWR consisted of forest green jacket, six gore skirt and long sleeve khaki skirt,…

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1940’s WW2 Nurse Uniform Fashions

Dress Uniform Identification – It was the era of World War, the fight to defeat fascism across the world. Equality in the forces had a long way to go ( with the notable exception of the Soviet Armies and air forces). Women were not allowed to join direct combat, there were many roles filled by women. Here we examine the…

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1940s Coat styles from 1943 to 1945

Swedish Fashion Archive of 1940s War Era Women A peek in to 1940s war era winter coat fashions from Sweden. Elegance was the order of the day with all coats either covering or very near the hem of the skirt. While many women now worked in industry vacated by men, when the time came for clocking out of the factory…

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Wartime Shoe Styles from 1940 to 1945

Shop Vintage 1940s Ladies Shoes  – If you’re one of those ladies who is busy rummaging in charity stores for that perfect pair of vintage style shoes, then it’s time to stop. Why not pick up a perfect pair of high quality reproduction 1940s era slingback shoes , pumps or sandals ! But where can I find them you gasp? Well,…

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1940s College Style

Typical Wardrobe choice in 1949 – 1940s fashion Photos by Nina Leen  Not all young college girls are content with thee gold standard college look of bobby socks, skirts and loose sweaters.Many, influenced by older sisters, friends or simply an urge to grow up quickly, aspire to more mature clothes, thereby facing a double wardrobe problem; where to find outfits…

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1940s Fashion – Dipping Hemlines

Longer Skirts on the way 1946 – Usually the sign of a depression? An uneven hemline with a back slip, is clearly a sneaky device to trick women into longer skirts. This device was last used in 1927. Skirts had gone knee high in the flapper era. Soon they began to dip in the back. These high-low skirts were quite…

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College Girl Winter Fashion for 1940

Priscilla Lane models four outfits – So you’re going to college ! ( left) Doesn’t Priscilla Lane look a dream in this casual all-day-round dress suited for campus and class? The long sleeved crepe blouse is a deep Hunters green crepe, while the Tartan skirt is of smooth wool in shades of green, orange, yellow and black. The plaid is…

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1940s Pathe Fashion – School for Models

British fashion models in training 1944 ! – As with all those early 1940s Pathe newsreels – the insert for women was ..ahem .. delivered by a nonplussed sexist male narrator. No these girls are not in training for the Olympic games, they are learning to be fashion mannequins. One day they’ll be displaying the latest models in one of…

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1940s Fashion – The Wartime Day to Day Frock

Pathe 1940s fashion newsreel from 1943 – In wartime Britain, women had to make do and mend, with severe rationing from coupons and utility clothing a must, the new ethos was to be innovative with your current wardrobe. This Pathe film suggests – a tad optimistically that a girl could get by for a whole week in one simple frock…

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1940s War Fashion – Black Women serving in WW11

Rare Images of African American Women in Service – Researched by Barbara Lewis Burger- National US Archives It is difficult enough to find photographs of ordinary African Americans who served in the US Forces in the 1940s, and extraordinarily difficult to find images of women who served, as many thousands did. Most of these photographs were picked from the holdings…

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