New 1940s dresses from casual A-line dresses to festive party dresses, swing dresses and 1940s pin up dresses.
Dress in WWII-era vintage inspired 1940s dresses, then swing dance the night away to the latest big bands. 1940s dresses were flattering with a modest puff sleeve top, a fitted waist, and a knee-length A-line skirt. The button down shirtwaist dress was especially charming as a daytime 40s dress. The later ’40s saw the skirt narrow into the pencil or straight wiggle shape for a bit more Va Va Voom.
Patriotic colors (red, white, blue, army green) were the most common 40s dress colors during wartime while brighter colors cheered women up in the later years. Don’t forget that prints were in! Small florals, polka dots, checks, tropical, and thin stripes added variety to a wardrobe. Read about 1940s dress styles and fashion history before you shop.
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What kind of dresses were popular in the 1940s?
1940s dresses came in the popular shirtwaist dress that buttoned down to the waist to skirt hem. There were also puff sleeves dresses, peplum dresses, peasant dresses, wrap top or skirt dresses, ruched bodice dresses, and pencil dresses. Almost all 1940s dresses had wide shoulders, a narrow hour glass waist and a flared A-line skirt.
What colors did 1940s dresses come in?
Popular 1940s dress colors were navy blue, sky blue, emerald green, mustard yellow, baby pink, bold red, black, brown, grey, beige, and teal.
What length were dresses in 1940s?
1940s dresses were knee length, coming at just below the knee. Late 1940s dresses dropped to mid calf inspired by New Look silhouette.
What should I wear with a 1940s dress?
To accessorize a 1940s dress begin with lingerie. A full length slip will help your dress hang on your body correctly.
A pair of backseam stockings and comfortable pair of wedge heels are for the waist down.
Accessories for the hair could be a 1940s style hat, turban, snood or flower clip. A pretty 1940s hairdo takes practice but is worth the effort!
Jewelry was minimal in the 1940s. A rhinestone brooch pin is lovely and unique to the 1940s style. A simple pearl necklace is always a classic 1940s accessory.
The final accessory should be a pair of mid arm length gloves in a color to contrast your dress and coordinate with one other accessory.