1940s

The boom of the second World War ended the economic depression but dampened fashion.

1930's style clothes were still being made and worn but the new styles were noticably different. Clothes started to imitate uniforms, styles simplified, hemlines rose to save fabric and stockings were scarce or unavailable. Mens fashion still held fairly steady.

Build quality stumbled and never quite recovered. Colour palettes began to lose their sophistication and subtlety. Fabrics were never the same. The intensification of industrialisation that came with the war spread everywhere including to clothing.

The Fifties began towards the end of the decade showing up perhaps around 1947 with a sharp and much more apparent change of styles and attitudes to clothes.

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