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  1. Hello,

    There is more information to be added, some is inaccurate. Trousers in the war years were not nearly as wide as the 50s and actually not much wider than the the previous decade. Turns-ups or ‘cuffs’ were a fashionable preference in America as much as in Britain. The main changes were waistband widths, rear pockets (which were never standard), and the wider adoption of the zip fly (a 1930s invention).

    The key style of a jacket in the 40s was the popularity of the Scholte ‘drape’ cut which eventually made its way into mass produced clothing, though this is the later 1940s. The cut creates the illusion of a lrger chest, though on the whole coats of the period (especially in America) had less waist shaping than the 30s. Early 1940s suits – in line with how much slower men’s fashions change – were not radically different from those of the late 1930s.

    Waistcoats/vests had already started to lose ground among young men in the 30s and were swapped for pullovers (ordinary or sleeveless). Braces/suspenders however, did not lose ground until well into the 1950s.

    Evening coats did not ‘sometimes’ have silk- or other satin-faced revers, they always had and have it. This is standard whatever the decade. This applies largely to dress ‘tail’ coats, not all dinner jackets have silk-faced lapels.

    Most men’s overcoats were far longer than hip length; commonly below the knee and often belted. These coats were even worn by people in cars until the very late 1940s when the shorter ‘car coat’ gained popularity. The popularity of the mackintosh should be emphasised.

    Cheers!

  2. Hi, I’m trying to find out what style of eyeglasses men wore in 1941. Any help would be appreciated. Great site, btw!

  3. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
    I BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS SHOES THERE GANGSTER OR MAFIA SHOE CLASSIC SHOES WITH WHITE TIPS AND WHITE IN THE BACK WITH BLACK CAN YOU PLEASE HELP LOOK FOR THEM