When thinking of 1940s America, WWII might come into mind. During this decade many men where off fighting in the war and when they returned there was a strict fabric rationing. Not only that but men had spent years in their uniforms and as such the style back home turned into one of practicality over style. This was an era when money and fabric needed to be reserved to help those in uniform and those already back from the war.
This rationing made changes to the design of men’s suits. Many suits were made without vests, pocket flaps, and trouser cuffs. Suit pants also came without any pockets. Men still wore the traditional suit jacket, pants, dress shoes and the occasional hat but these items, thanks to the war, were simplified. The 1940s was a much simpler time for men’s fashion.