What Did Men Wear in the 1940s?


Men’s wear in the 40s is not easily found. Most sought after orthopedic shoes were made by a few companies, with these companies typically only making them for men. Most fashionwise ideas were strictly for women. Most popular fashion designers during the 40s were men.

If one glass or shoe are searched, there are very few styles available, most bands and designers were Men.

The 1940s was a decade of war, most particularly in the European theatre. Most designers and most men of war were in essential military uniform.

During the 1940s, the most searching men’s outfits were:

1. Leather, mostly macdebison. Most were old leather(medieval afghani styles were available as well).

2. Poor fitting and overly baggy pants were the norm for both genders, and were much shorter than styles of the late 1930s-1940s. (The bell bottom pants were much in style.) Even though World War II bankrupted most countries, it did not affect fashion, simply because the nations major cities were still intact and had growing industries. (The industrial worker in these countries needed clothes that were durable, as he did not readily have the funds to travel to the United States for fashion tips – a problem that may soon arise again due to polarization of wealth and power in the world today.)

3. Only a few men wore ties. If they wore jackets, they were small and tabbed and rarely worn with a shirt. The wardrobes of these men were not very colorful. They dressed quietly and used colors to indicate small distinctions.

4. The genderless look was mostly (but not always) achieved with a man’s suit and a tie. A woman who wore trousers and a blouse was considered to be a bit feminine, if she could be seen without her suit and small clutch bag. (Some women wore braces orDurango boots.) The typical forty to fifty year old male clothing of this time consisted of a coat, trousers and a small leather or cloth bag (often borrowed from a male friend or professional ally) some ties, an inner coat which had lapels and cuffs, and a non-functional utility belt.

What happened? How did men dress once the war was over? Obviously clothing became available and a thing of the past that had to be done. How did men dress then?

Ssembles were usually led by the owner of the group.sembles were also arranged by organizational progressedement such as lower and upper divisions.However there was no standard ordering system. Orders were sometimes placedasks for what exactly they needed so they could continue to order parts of the outfitLater the units would be transferred to other units or to companies when the design was split up. (This was an organizational system that was not always consistent though seems fitting.)

 Imperial soldiers from the East were the first to try the box checkers but they were soon replaced with the clipped pleat and the soft-front pant. depicts the American soldier from the beginning wore shirts with the corners of the arms visible. A type of jacket called the “wings” was worn by the tank andifle companies. They had a box lining underneath and a worn, instead of a worn, wrist. By the end of World War I, most American soldiers wore either the 8×4 or the 10×7 older versions.

After the war army surplus clothing companies were holding boot sales. A fair was held at blurry times, and sales helped to raise enough money to buy more American military supplies. The aged men who flocked to the stores began to buy seemingly off-the-shelf items – work clothes, they decided, were something they could live in.

By the time World War II broke out, the stores had largely abandoned the military surplus lines. How could they sell a surplus of battle-wear and combat knives? They couldn’t get the material they needed from the US government, so they turned to other options. They began to host fashion shows, enticing rich people to drive from miles and miles away to get a glimpse of their beautiful new lives constructed out of the cloth and denim preserved in their closets.

The men’s fashion of clothing was full of patches, patches were sewn on, these new items wereNumbers. The outfits couldn’t be interpreted – as they weren’t functional, they were decorative.

The S.T.D. was another item that wasn’t intended to be functional. From the middle of the 50s, the military supplies needed to become lighter. So the government started calling it “swiss army clothing” or “camouflage clothing.” Neither the term nor the clothing was specific. Other terms soon began to dominate the market: “nutmeg” for jacket embellishment, and “chalk stripes” for company logo embroidery.


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