Blouses and tops of the 1940s were simple yet pretty button-down shirts with either small round or large point collars. Most 1940s blouses had puffy sleeves to give the appearance of broad shoulders. Meanwhile ladies’ button up shirts could look 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 summer look, the 1940s peasant blouse was a fashion favorite. The striped ringer t-shirt was also a casual summer top that paired well with sailor pants or shorts for a nautical outfit theme. Learn more about 1940s shirts here.
New 1940s style blouses, tops, and shirts are easier to find than vintage 40s tops, and they can be quite charming when matched with a pair of high waisted 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.