Early 40s
1944
1940
1945
1940
Early - Mid 40s
Mid 40s
1948
1948
Freedom Fighter 40s
Skirt lengths tend to hover around the upper calf just through out the era. Square shoulders with thick pads and narrow
tailored waists dominate the whole era. The last few years, as WWII draws to a close, we see true knee length hem line
(knees are still covered). This makes way for the classic full/circle skirt of the 50s sometimes making the eras hard to
separate.  Major clues of the 40s are modesty. The collars and neck lines are higher. Rounded tips on notched lapels were
common as well. Collar treatments are small or nonexistent so as not to draw excess attention to the bust. Closures are
mainly side metal zippers sometimes accompanied  by functional decorative buttons. Casual dresses, such as house/day
dresses, often use many front buttons for the only closure method. The late 40s wiggle skirts and very full skirts debut.
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