Shop for affordable women’s 1940s costumes for Halloween, theater, swing dances and more. There are many costumes from the WWII years, including a pin up girl/ singer, nurse, Rosie the Riveter, Land Girl, and sailor or volunteer military uniform. These real life women inspired many comic book characters and superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Agent Peggy Carter. They also inspired the classic Disney musical, The Sound of Music, and a host of animated features: Cinderella, Snow White, Wizard of Oz (Dorothy, Wicked Witch, Glenda the Good Witch) and my favorite: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Jessica Rabbit’s sexy red dress. Need I say more?) Other timeless movies include A League of Their Own, The Notebook, and Casablanca.
Most of these costumes are under $100, so you can find something in your budget. For realistic ’40s DIY costumes, try one of these. Shop quality 1940s inspired clothing, 1940s shoes, and accessories for even more options.
Debbie Sessions has been teaching fashion history and helping people dress for vintage themed events since 2009. She has turned a hobby into VintageDancer.com with hundreds of well researched articles and hand picked links to vintage inspired clothing online. She aims to make dressing accurately (or not) an affordable option for all. Oh, and she dances too.