Dresses and skirts-
Dresses in the forties were fitted to the body shape, and often boxy- think shoulder pads and slim waists. The silhouette stayed close to the shape of the body, feminine yet minimal. Skirts were a-line and sometimes pencil and ended mid-calf.
Headgear-Because women were so limited on materials for their outfits they made up with it by wearing fancy hats. Hats could be made with minimal materials, and were only limited by the imagination. for everyday factory work and dirty jobs women mostly wore snoods, a hair net used to keep hair up and away from the face. Other hats were worn often as well though, and were considered a much bigger part of staple wardrobe than the occasional hat worn today.
So there you have it: a quick summary of 1940's fashion. Check back soon for another post on how to replicate it!