Girls did not like going to salons. A two-piece crop top with skirt was a bit more risque- and less likely to be allowed by parents. Dear old dad took us on Sunday drives after we helped cut the lawn and then off to a drive-in restaurant for burgers and shakes or stay home for Chinese food. Red, blue, black, and yellow in solid colors or vertical stripes were in style. They often had large white ruffle trim, white bows, white buttons, white collars, and white piping. But outside of the school, they had more choices about how to spend spare time and money. They had low heels, short tongue and a some with a band across the vamp.
Junior sizing referred to girls aged 12-17. A snug fitting cotton knit undershirt, with ample arm holes, was worn either under a pair of white briefs or shorts. Educators knew that young people and their parents would choose school over work only if it served a practical purpose. Later, it became the perfect place to stash a nickle or dime for the bus fare or a soda. My father was so worried about me when I had the mumps he went against the doctor's orders and broke the quarantine ruling big sign on our front door to stay out. Teens could wear their school clothes skirt and blouse or day dress shirtwaist or jumper and a comfortable pair of most shoes were smooth sole anyways. Fabrics such as rayon, viscose and even blackout material were left for making clothes.
Girls typically wore basic sweaters, skirts that fell just bellow the knee and short bobby socks. Nowadays, Longmont is a fairly suburban city, and that really hasn't changed. Clothing shops, mail order catalogs and girl magazines portrayed teens as just older girls in frilly dresses. It must be said that more young men than young women spent their wages on themselves as girls were pressured to contribute a proportion of their wages to the household for much longer than boys. These deaths mostly occurred from the war, famine and disease, the Holocaust victims, and Japanese war crimes. Luckily that doesn't apply today. The original company or artist retains all copyrights.
They came in short or long sleeves with two breast pockets. They cared less about identifying themselves as a distinct group and more about having fun as part of that group. In 1945 50% of 17 year olds were high school graduates. It stayed agricultural from 1870, when it was formed, up until the 1950s, so the '40s was about the last decade that Longmont was really an agricultural city. For practical reasons, teen clothing styles changed over the course of the 40s and 50s. They often had large white ruffle trim, white bows, white buttons, white collars, and white piping. Junior sizing referred to girls aged 12-17.
The skirt was made of rayon, wool blend or all wool and zipped or buttoned on the side. We may be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking a link. A necklace chain with a ring, locket or hobby piece football, tennis hanging from it was worn over blouses and sweaters. Perhaps physical stores had a better idea. There were rules, rules and more rules, and there times my brother and I detested them, but most of them sure made sense as I grew up. The suits came with either pants or skirts.
Teenagers still tested their fashion sense, however, and the 1940s were a time when fashion truly changed. Teens paired the zoot suit's high-waisted, wide-legged pants with a long coat. While certain fashion rules were being reinvented, the austerity of the time period meant that clothes were generally plain with muted colors. If someone dated then it was usually because the couple would end up getting married and having children. A black person accused of any perceived offense to a white person was subject to intimidation, violence, and possible lynching by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Teenagers were usually made to do all the chores which left them with little time to have to themselves outside of school. Skirts came down to just below the knee.
A leather belt was usually worn to help hold them up. Young boys with their wagons and teenagers would go from house-to-house collecting aluminum of any sort or any other metals. Life was very different; most women did not work outside the home. If you stepped into a classroom in the 1940s, you might see girls making dresses and boys training hard in physical education. The average gasoline ration was 3 gallons a week; the yearly butter ration was 12 lbs.
Lapels were quite wide with a notch or peak point. Saddle shoes were popular with teenage girls at the time. The styles favored girls on the younger side of that spectrum. Life is very different through the eyes of a teenage girl and a teenage boy in Iran. The jacket could be worn buttoned up or open and had shoulder pads.
If too many things were just given to you then you wouldn't appreciate them as much. Did most people listen to same kinds of music or did different places cater for different tastes? In fact, kids in their teens began to be called teenagers back in the '40s. Dressing in vintage style clothing for a themed event or personal fashion is our passion. In response, schools offered vocational and commercial courses from dress- making to bookkeeping. Of course my mother had something to do with this as well. The casual loafer shoe was ideal for wearing with sport clothes or denim jeans.