Coats in the 1940's in both the United States and Britain were beautifully tailored and cut short with hemlines just below the knee. Often, women recycled outerwear from previous years to create new styles in keeping with the make do and mend concept. Another approach included recycling old woolen blankets. Strong military influences were evident through the use of large padded shoulders and a box like silhouette. Patterns were incorporated to add emphasis and brighten up ensembles. Solid colors such as "flag red" and "cadet blue" contrasted the drab hues of the utility mode.
Although the L-85 restrictions in the United States did not affect wedding dresses, people still opted for more patriotic wedding attire, which included suits. Women often were wed with 24 to 48 hours notice due to their fiancé's war duties. It was important to choose a suit that could be useful not only for ceremonial dress but everyday attire.
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