WHAT WE WORE

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - BEHIND THE HEADLINES - Ali­son To­plis

Although 1947 was the year of Chris­tian Dior’s ‘New Look’ col­lec­tion in Paris, which her­alded a re­turn to a more fem­i­nine style with nipped-in waists and full skirts, only the wardrobes of the most fash­ion­able would have reg­is­tered the im­pact of these de­signs, mainly be­cause cloth­ing was still ra­tioned in the UK. So, on the whole, for both men and women there was a con­tin­u­a­tion of cloth­ing worn from ear­lier in the decade and even from the late 1930s, sup­ple­mented by the ‘de­mob’ suit given to men leav­ing the armed ser­vices.

Fur stoles, jack­ets and capes had been pop­u­lar since the 1930s, and con­tin­ued to be worn by all ages of women after the war. The knee-length, broad-shoul­dered, belted over­coat, with large pock­ets and long lapels ex­tend­ing to the waist, was typ­i­cal. Trousers were loose. Some fea­tured pleated tops, which were now al­lowed un­der the reg­u­la­tions. Men’s hair was kept short, and younger men pre­ferred to be clean­shaven.

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