High waists and wide legs define women’s 1940s style pants. From factory wear to comfortable housewear, 1940s women loved these new fashions borrowed from men’s clothing. Many were styled after sailor pants in navy blue with white buttons on the side. Dress trousers had side zippers, pleated wide legs, and a waistband with room for a thin belt. Both casual and dressy swing pants are popular once more in both vintage and mainstream circles.
Vintage overalls and denim jeans (dungarees) also became mainstream in the 1940s. Denim was sturdy enough for working Rosies while lighter cotton overalls were summer time playclothes. Jeans were made of dark denim with deep pockets and cuffed legs. They fit quite loose since they were typically intended for men to wear.
You too can wear and love 1940s pants and overalls using vintage inspired and modern clothing. Get the ’40s swing or pinup look without the vintage price tag. We browsed online and found all of these vintage high waisted and wide leg pants, bib front overalls, sailor trousers and blue jeans to make your shopping easier.
To learn about the history of 1940s women’s pants styles, go here.