The 1940’s and 50’s were a big time for fashion and it’s no wonder why! The hourglass shape was in fashion and so the clothing of that time was made to accentuate the small waist. It really was all about creating a specific silhouette. Clothing was made with wide padded shoulders and tops would usually be nipped in at the waist, with Aline skirts falling at the knee. This was the shape seen every day on women in the 1940’s and women who didn’t have an hourglass shape, wore clothes that would give the illusion of one.
If we go forward 10 years in time we are brought to the 1950’s, and the fashion was very different considering only 10 years had passed. This era was all about the hipster fashion with the emphasis was on wiggle dresses, swing dresses, and lots of funky retro prints. In this article we will look at the kinds of clothing worn by women in these two eras. 1950’s Dresses and the styles worn during this period turned out to be quite different from those worn in the 40’s. It’s interesting to see how the fashion evolved, especially since the transition happened over a relatively short period of time. When you look at Vintage Clothing Online you will find that many of these styles are still immensely popular today and look as fabulous today as they did more than 70 years ago! The great thing about vintage clothing from these periods is that they are truly timeless and of course very feminine.
1940’s Women’s Fashion When compared with the fashion of the 1930’s, the 1940’s style were really very different. Dresses which were worn longer in the 30’s became shorter and were worn at knee length. 1940’s Vintage Dresses were very popular and came in various styles, colours and prints. Most dresses, blouses and jackets were fitted with shoulder pads and this gave the top half a boxy, squared shape. The neckline in the 1940’s came in various cut outs. These didn’t generally show any cleavage and featured necklines such as the sweetheart, keyhole, round, V neck and square. Tea dresses were very popular during this period, being very flattering on many different body shapes.
Wrap dresses were also popular choices for women in the 1940’s and these featured box pleats around the waist and a flattering V shaped neckline. Tea dresses which came with a boxy top half were also seen a lot in the 1940’s. The 1940’s green shirt tea dress at Maggie Ann Vintage is a great example of this style of dress. Featuring a classical 40’s silhouette with a nipped in waist, short sleeves, and a slightly flared skirt, this dress is practical and demure and can easily see you through day to night.
1950’s Women’s Fashion 1950’s Dresses were glamorous, mature and ultra-feminine. There were two main dress shapes in the 1950’s which were very popular back then and remain so today. The style that is most popular today is the full skirt tea length dress which falls at shin length and features a narrow, high waist line. The other dress style was the sheath dress which was and still is a great fashion choice for women with curves. The pin-up look which is very popular today is inspired by the 1950’s sheath dress style. This look features a tight fitting pencil skirt which serves to hug your figure in all the right places.
You can find great vintage options for this style of dress at Maggie Ann Vintage in some great colours. The pretty wiggle dress is a fantastic option as it is suitable for day and night and many different occasions. This versatile dress clings to your curves and features a high boat neckline with no sleeves, and a flattering V shaped cut-out at the back.