VE celebration countdown day 8

Countdown to VE Day – 8 days to go – Forties Fashion

How to look the part for VE-Day 75 celebrations in your own home.

So here we are, at 8 days and counting, until we all dress up and party in our homes to celebrate VE-Day. So this article will give you some hints and tips on how you can adapt your existing wardrobe to look the part, or dress the kids up in red, white and blue for the celebration.

Typical 1940s dresses
Typical 1940s dresses

Women’s Fashion

1940s women’s fashion was about creating an hourglass silhouette with masculine details: padded shoulders nipped in high waist tops, and A-line skirts that came down to the knee. This was the everyday shape for clothing, from suits to dresses. Even trousers had a similar high waisted, wide leg shape.

https://vintagedancer.com/1940s/what-did-women-wear-in-the-1940s/

1940s style dress
1940s style dress

If you’re dealing with food, children and housework though, you might well be wearing a ‘pinny’ as they were known then.

Floral 1940s 'Pinny'
Floral 1940s ‘Pinny’

Here’s one you can make for yourself.

Pattern for 1940s 'Pinny'
Pattern for 1940s ‘Pinny’

Please let us know if you would like a pattern delivered to you.

Another popular item was headwear; hats, scarves and turbans were worn everywhere. Here are a couple of tutorials to show you how it’s done;

Joan Crawford wearing a Turban
Joan Crawford wearing a Turban

Of course you could always dress as one of the working women of the war, like the land girls.

Land Girls film photo
Land Girls film photo

This is our very own Dawn in her land girl outfit that she wears to cultivate the community ‘Dig For Victory’ plot at the Allotments of Michaels Field.

Dawn as Land Girl
Dawn as Land Girl

See more images and read about the important work that the Land Girls did here;

https://www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/events/dig-for-victory/

Men’s Fashion

Demob-suits
Demob-suits

The biggest influence war time restrictions had on men was further introduction of casualness. Men were tired of scratchy uniforms and confining suits. Demob-suits were issued to servicemen when they left the forces.

1943 Men's Sweaters
1943 Men’s Sweaters

Knitted sweaters were very popular, loose trousers, braces and waistcoats, in fact, quite a few looks that are trending now!

1940s 'Fair Isle' Knitwear
1940s ‘Fair Isle’ Knitwear
1940s style
1940s style
1940s style
1940s style

Hats were very popular with both men and women

1940s style
1940s style
Straw Boater
Straw Boater

Straw Boaters, Homburgs, Panama Hats and Caps were all worn in the 1940s. Find something in your wardrobe that will work!

Ian Roberts in costume
One of our Bishopsteignton Residents, Ian Roberts, dressed the part for the big day.
The Gibbys in 1940s dress with Winston Churchill Lookalike
The Gibbys in 1940s dress with Winston Churchill Lookalike

This is how the Gibbys dressed up for the 75th Anniversary of D Day in Normandy. Read about it here.

https://www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/events/world-war-two/ww2-d-day-normandy-75th-anniversary-commemorations/

Children’s Fashion

VE-DAY-IN-LONDON-8-MAY-1945
VE DAY IN LONDON, 8 MAY 1945 (HU 49414) Two small girls waving their flags in the rubble of Battersea, snapped by an anonymous American photographer. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205018927
Ration Books
Ration Books

In the midst of the food and clothing rationing of WWII, children’s clothes were very much a ‘make do and mend’ affair as it was hard for families to buy new garments for growing youngsters.

Evacuee children 1940s
Evacuee children 1940s
Children waving flags VE Day
Children waving flags VE-Day
children's clothes 1940s
children’s clothes 1940s
1940s boys
1940s boys

Children’s clothes today are much more fashionable and grown up than in wartime, but that didn’t stop the children of Teignmouth 25 years ago, at the time of VE-Day 50 years anniversary, dressing themselves up in patriotic colours using anything they could find!

Teignmouth kids in costume for VE-Day 1995
Teignmouth kids in costume for VE-Day 1995
Teignmouth kids celebrating VE-Day 1995
Teignmouth kids celebrating VE-Day 1995

So, if nothing else, you can make paper hats to wear in your garden.

Find the pattern here;

Hat patterns