WHAT WE WORE
From 1942, the Utility Clothing Scheme governed the design and production of fabric and clothing, restricting the usage of material and trimmings, giving a pared back, tailored look to clothing which continued through to the end of the war and beyond. Hats were not rationed and, along with hairstyles, were a way women could inject individuality into their look. When out of uniform, the lounge suit, with broad shoulders and wide trousers, dominated for men. Alison Toplis Hair was rolled and pinned away from the forehead, the back waved and curled, helping to add glamour to the simple unadorned clothing available at the time. The tradition of wearing hats in public was no longer universally followed. Older women maintained a pre- war silhouette, the lady here appearing to wear clothing and a hat dating from the 1920s.
Trousers had been worn by women since the 1930s for leisure pursuits such as golf, sailing and beachwear. Adopted more widely during the war for practical reasons, younger women also began to wear them off duty. Shoes were hardy and practical, usually laced, with a small or medium heel.