The close of the 1930s had brought with it the start of World War II. It had a profound impact on fashion in the first half of the 1940s, and even after the war had ended.
Fashion during the war was dominated by rationing. Utility clothing and uniforms were the most ubiquitous forms of “fashion” during the war. Squared shoulders, narrow hips, and skirts that ended just below the knee were the height of fashion. Tailored suits were also quite popular.
However, there were also many girls who showed a very cool style of dress during this period with a combination of shorts and crop tops.