1940s hairstyles

We have pictures of 1940's hairstyles and clothes along with informative articles to help you with your investigation into this time period.

What a darling little girl here in this black and white photo that looks to be a primary school portrait.

1940's primary school portrait

She has soft curls that were most likely created with pin curls placed on damp hair and then allowed to dry at which point they were gently brushed out. She has a side part and with the use of bobby pins, the strands are gathered into place. On one side the curls are placed above the ear and on the other side they are pulled over and centered behind a darling plastic bow clip which was quite popular with the feminine little girls. This is a short style that is cut at collar length in the back and on the sides the bottom of the ears are showing just a touch. She has medium brown locks to match her eyes. She has a shy looking smile.

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This is a charming old photograph that shows us how young woman in the 40's wore their hair and clothes.


These three young ladies are posing in the front yard of this vintage picture. They are sisters and the one in the middle is holding a baby. They all have short hair that is styled in simple and traditional ways. They are wearing cropped blouses and A line skirts that hit at knee length. Their shoes have laces and they are wearing anklet socks. The one on the left is holding her hands in front of her and her one knee is bent for a feminine model-type pose.

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This is my grandmother although I never did meet her. Clearly she was a character as she is dressed here in a grass skirt and strapless bra.


There is story behind this crazy looking costume. The era was the 1940's and her oldest son had been shipped overseas to Hawaii to help with the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. He wanted to send home a gift to his mother and something that had the true flavor of tropical island life. The skirt is gathered around her waist and flows down past her knees. She is also sporting a flower lei around her neck that comes down past her waist. A flower on the side of her hair is the perfect accessory for this outfit.

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Leonardo is looking rather grown up and distinguished here compared to his rather boyish looks of the past.

18th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards - Arrivals

He has the vintage 1940's thing going on with his slicked back style and black suit and tie. His side part is defined and a focal point of the style.

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David Beckham is looking as handsome as ever as he and H&M introduce Bodywear in New York City on February 1, 2014!

David Beckham

The event was a special meet the fans affair at the H&M store in Times Square. It was a chance for fans to decide how much clothing this celebrity would wear for a Super Bowl commercial.

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