Clothes & such

Discussions on every day life in the Weimar Republic, pre-anschluss Austria, Third Reich and the occupied territories. Hosted by Vikki.
User avatar
Silberio
Member
Posts: 28
Joined: 03 Sep 2007 19:37
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Clothes & such

Post by Silberio » 20 Sep 2007 06:23

Howdy :)

I'm sorry if this have been answered before, but I searched, but didnt really find anything :/

Well, I've been wondering all this time, what did people wear during the 40's?
Did people use costumes only, or did they wear casual clothes, etc.

Thanks :)



-Silberio.

nedz
Member
Posts: 147
Joined: 20 Jun 2004 15:03
Location: London UK

Post by nedz » 20 Sep 2007 21:38

I think you mean uniforms rather than costumes.
Most people were not in the armed forces and so never wore a uniform.

User avatar
Silberio
Member
Posts: 28
Joined: 03 Sep 2007 19:37
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Post by Silberio » 20 Sep 2007 21:39

Yeah, I mean, like civilians.

What kinda clothes they used.

User avatar
HaEn
In memoriam
Posts: 1911
Joined: 13 Mar 2002 00:58
Location: Portland OR U.S.A.

clothing

Post by HaEn » 20 Sep 2007 22:19

By "Costumes", 'he probably means "suits". Jacket, vest and Pantalons.
Some words lose something in a translation.
For example in Dutch a "suit" is often called a "pak". Rather confusing for a stranger.

But, Silberio, I can assure you that not everybody walked around in a suit, and even fewer in an uniform.
One wore what was available and half way decent looking.
cheers
HN

User avatar
Silberio
Member
Posts: 28
Joined: 03 Sep 2007 19:37
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Post by Silberio » 23 Sep 2007 02:35

Excuse my english, I use to confuse some words with others - Heh.

By the way, could anyone show me some pictures?
I am pretty interested in this right now - Haha.

User avatar
JTG
Financial supporter
Posts: 840
Joined: 20 Mar 2006 21:10
Location: R.N. La Mare, Jersey, British Channel Islands

Post by JTG » 23 Sep 2007 03:13

Dear Silberio:

The Topic you have asked about is almost impossible to answer.

You must think about which Country and Man or Lady and in which YEAR for the fashion style: British, American (where there was free input in films and dance-halls) or the Occupied Countries where everybody was expected/required to conform with the Germanic ideal.

John Germain

User avatar
Geli
Member
Posts: 957
Joined: 09 Jul 2002 04:53
Location: USA

Post by Geli » 26 Sep 2007 02:22

Women wore dresses much more often than they do now. My mother says that girls were not allowed to wear pants to public school in New York City, even in the winter. When women did wear pants, there were buttons or a zipper at the side. My grandmother told me that it was considered improper for a women to wear pants with a front-fly like a modern pair of jeans. Women's pants tended to have high waistlines; nothing was low-rise back then.
During the war years, padded shoulders were in. Skirt-lengths were below-the-knee. Women's fashions tended to be fitted at the waist.

http://www.sensibility.com/vintageimages/1940s/

Only farmers or blue-collar workers wore jeans in public. Suits were everyday dress for men, not just at the office. "Zoot suits" were in.

Scroll down for some info about men:
http://www.vintageblues.com/history3.htm

Sorry, that's the best I can do for now, I've got to run. Try doing some searches on "Fashion" and a particular year or country. Good luck!

Johnny_Blaze
Member
Posts: 195
Joined: 13 Jul 2007 07:05
Location: US of A

Post by Johnny_Blaze » 04 Oct 2007 16:31

Silberio,

You could go to your neighborhood library and look at magazines from the era. Life, Time, etc were around back then and give excellent examples.
Americans were basically wearing the same things Europeans wore.

User avatar
Benoit Douville
Financial supporter
Posts: 3184
Joined: 11 Mar 2002 01:13
Location: Montréal

Post by Benoit Douville » 08 Oct 2007 22:06

Geli had the right answer. I really like the facts that suits were everyday dress for men, not just at the office. I mean during that period of time, men had class compared to today's fashion outside of the office...

Regards

User avatar
Geli
Member
Posts: 957
Joined: 09 Jul 2002 04:53
Location: USA

Post by Geli » 09 Oct 2007 22:37

I agree that everyone looked better and classier back then, but today we're much more comfortable! :)

User avatar
Laurasia
Member
Posts: 20
Joined: 04 Oct 2007 00:39
Location: United States

Post by Laurasia » 12 Oct 2007 14:55

Yes everyone did look much classier & "proper" back then - which is great. :) And I have to say that I have always loved the woman's hairdos back then.

User avatar
Vikki
Forum Staff
Posts: 3300
Joined: 08 Jul 2003 01:35
Location: Amerika

Re: Clothes & such

Post by Vikki » 06 Aug 2008 02:06

The best guide to what people wore during the period is the people themselves, as they’re shown in photographs, magazines, newspapers, books, etc. of the time. Just browsing through a few of those, I pulled out some photos from the following:

Berlin Illustrierte Zeitung
Das Blatt der Hausfrau
N.S. Frauen Warte (publication of the N.S. Frauenschaft)
Die Sürag
Die Woche

Frauen helfen siegen: Bilddokumente vom Kriegseinsatz unserer Frauen und Mütter (Zeitgeschichte-Verlag, 1941).

And from two secondary sources:
The Home Front: Germany in World War II by Time-Life Books.
The German Homefront 1939-45 by Terry Charman.



As several people pointed out above, even casual dress of the time tended to be a lot less informal than today. Dress of course depended on social and economic factors, and on the activity being done. And while dress shown in fashion plates and ads may not have been practical or attainable for all, it gives a view of the “ideal” of the period.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Vikki
Forum Staff
Posts: 3300
Joined: 08 Jul 2003 01:35
Location: Amerika

Re: Clothes & such

Post by Vikki » 06 Aug 2008 02:11

More from period advertisements:
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Vikki
Forum Staff
Posts: 3300
Joined: 08 Jul 2003 01:35
Location: Amerika

Re: Clothes & such

Post by Vikki » 06 Aug 2008 02:19

What the stars were wearing: newspaper articles about the movies Feind Hört Mit (1940) and Junge Herzen (1944):
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
Vikki
Forum Staff
Posts: 3300
Joined: 08 Jul 2003 01:35
Location: Amerika

Re: Clothes & such

Post by Vikki » 06 Aug 2008 02:33

Far beyond fashion plates and ads, the best view of "casual" clothes can be seen in photos of people as they go about their daily activites: on the street, shopping, going to school, or, as the case of a few of the photos below from later in the war, refugeeing from bomb-damaged areas.
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

Return to “Life in the Third Reich & Weimar Republic”