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1940s Fashion | What The Best Dressed Civilians Wore

During World War II basic resources were rationed in lieu of the essential needs of the war effort. But the 1940s fashion industry did its utmost to ensure that young and older men alike (and women too) who were not in uniform had access to well-tailored, stylish clothing. (See regulations below.)

Several manufacturers made certain that customers were kept in sartorial quality while adhering to the limitations imposed by the war boards. These are a few of the couture styles for the best dressed all-Americans, who for one reason or another, remained stateside while others fought in the war.

Incidentally, is anyone else concerned by the relative positioning of dominant male to supplicant female in these illustrations?


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