Germany invaded Poland on 1 September 1939, and by the next day Britain put Air Raid Precautions into effect and school children and pregnant women were being evacuated from London. Great Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September, and Australia followed suit.
By October 1939 American fashions were already seeming a lot more colourful and extravagant compared to English fashions, according to this article (Australian Womans Weekly 8 October 1939).
Quite a utilitarian suit –
These evening dresses are still quite frivolous too, with long full skirts and frills (as well as the odd midriff!)
To finish are these quite full skirts, in not so practical white.
Fashion was still important during the war, and underwent significant changes. I’ll continue next time with fashions of November 1939, and I’ll move on through the war so we can see the changes as they happen.