Blouses and tops of the 1940s were simple yet pretty button-down shirts with small round or large point collars. 1940s blouses also had puffy sleeves to give the appearance of a broad shoulder. Some ladies button up shirts looked like men’s fitted dress shirts but in fun stripes and floral patterns. In winter plaid flannel shirts were a warm and casual style top. For an entirely feminine look, the 1940s peasant blouse was a summertime fashion favorite. The striped ringer t-shirt was also a casual summer top that paired well with sailor pants and shorts for a nautical outfit. Learn more about 1940s shirts here.
New 1940s style blouses, tops, and shirts are easier to find than vintage 40s tops and quite charming when matched with a pair of high waist pants or a-line skirts. Consider a pussy bow blouse for dressy looks, a peter pan or pointed collar blouse for suits, and pullover knit tops for casual styles.