Women in the 1940s faced hard times, but they were no stranger to dressing up for cocktails and dancing. Like the daywear, evening fashions of the forties were classy and elegant. 1940s party dresses were knee length with short sleeves and either A-line or fitted pencil skirts. A small hat with a veil, hair flower, or hair clip adorned ladies’ heads and a pair of heels or peep toe wedges hugged their feet. 1940s cocktail dresses were a semi-formal option over the formal ballgowns of the day. As such, simple black sheath dresses with modest tops and knee length or longer hems were part of every woman’s wardrobe in the mid to late 1940s. Many featured a slender fit in classic colors, with, ruching or draping across the waist or sides.
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