Tailored suits were the dominant form of utility fashion.
1940s Utility Clothes: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing, History of 20 Century Fashion, 1999.
As we continue the history of dating series, we pause on some 1940s dating advice that demonstrate not much has really changed. And yet, the 1940s decade would’ve been the decade when gentlemanly behavior was least needed. A article from June of 1945 stated, “With half the war won, men are coming home to America, but not enough of them.” 750,000 women were all alone.
This unbalanced ratio put the dating power back into the hands of men, but they still chose to be gentlemen.
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1947 New Look: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing The dresses in the images also reflect the changing fashions of the end of the decade. Late 1940s Women's Fashions: Image courtesy of Simplicity Printed Patterns. Teenage girls began to sport sweaters, knee-length skirts, and bobby socks during the 1940s.
The style held over into the 1950s, but the 1940s skirts were not as full.An event like the Junior Prom in the 1940s required the right clothing. Dress codes today are far more relaxed, but at least consider a button down and nice jeans.While some assume chivalry assumes the woman is weak, this advice proposes a gentleman’s actions stems from the belief she has value. Oliver Harriman’s Book Of Etiquette from 1942 explains, “No one expects you to be a knight on a white horse, but do be protective. If he likes a young woman’s dress, why shouldn’t he tell her so?1940s Utility Clothes: Image courtesy of Elizabeth Ewing.Image courtesy of Valerie Mendes and Amy de la Haye.Adult dating personals is a great way to find adult fun in the UK.