It has come to our attention here at Mapledoram that there is a lot of monkey business going on with vintage 1940’s clothing.
Let us start by clearing up a few things, Antique is anything that is hundred years or over.
Vintage is anything from 1920-1980 and anything after that may be described as retro and that covers a multitude of sins.
We see a lot of clothing with what looks like an original CC41 label inside and the clothing looks right as well. For the aficionados and sticklers amongst you, be wary of 195o’s clothing that looks right but has been tampered with, i.e. has had an aged “1940’s” label sewn inside.
There are many fakes about and not easy to spot you need to know what you are looking for and do your research.
The main giveaway is attention to detail and the cut of the clothing, remember the average height for a man in the war years was 5’7” and had 37” chest and 34” waist, for women the average height was 5’4” and statics of 33-21-33, so consider this when you find that perfect immaculate suit with correct labelling and in a large size, they are as rare as hen’s teeth.
Most simple clothing during the war was handmade and did not have labels inside, woollen garments were usually hand knitted, dresses and blouses were handmade from patterns.
Ladies and gents suits from 1941 were subject to CC41 regulations, which controlled the amount of material used and therefore dictated some of the fashion and style of the day.
If Zips were used they would have certainly been metal and not all gents suits were button fly’s or button braces. It was not uncommon for a man to wear both a belt and braces at the same time.
Whilst here at Mapledoram we do not claim to be experts, we are all too happy to do our research and provide the best advice to our customers.
At the end of the day the main thing is to have fun and enjoy the events.