WHAT WE WORE
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.