KEEP IT TOGETHER – fasteners Men’s dress trousers continue to have button flies through the 1940s. Vintage slips, bras, and garters have metal hardware, not plastic.
Belt loops on men’s pants were first used in the early 1920s, coexisting with suspender buttons for years. SEW AND SEW The first practical sewing machine was invented in 1829 and was used to produce French army uniforms.
Again, these fashions reflected the style of the utility clothes.
1940s Women's Fashions: Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Patterns 1940s Women's Fashions: Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Patterns 1940s Women's Fashions: Image courtesy of Vogue Blouses were worn frequently with skirts. 1940s Blouses: Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Patterns Pants (or slacks) first gained popularity for women during the 1940s.
Each household was allotted a certain number of ration coupons per year and purchasing decisions had to be made very wisely to conserve these coupons.
Skirts and bodices boasted ruffles, trim, flounces, lace, and other frills, a number of different materials, and a variety of deep colors.1940s Utility Clothes: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing.Image courtesy of Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye.(via Adored Vintage) The second World War affected just about every household during the forties.Everyone was encouraged to support the war effort in any way they could, and most often this meant through rationing.