As a designer, I see World War II as a pivotal point of change for women. It was the first time women stepped into men’s job roles to fill the huge gap in the workforce, while men were at war. They began working in factories, farms, and even in the military to help with war efforts. If you come across old magazines or vintage clothing, you might see images of women in the 40s wearing men’s pieces like overalls, work shirts, or even come across vintage men’s pieces altered to fit a woman. It was this very time period that we can acknowledge as the beginnings of our acceptance as equals.
Your personal style is a projection of your values, and the meaning that you draw from your clothing. To me, khakis and army greens represent a powerful history that tells a very different story to devastation of war. It is a history that we can all proudly share as women, to remind us of how we have evolved.
Below, W’menswear floral camo shirt, vintage liner jacket and skirt.