Women generally wore skirts at or near knee-length, simple blouses and smart jackets with padded shoulders.
After the war, there were many innovations in fashion as the restrictions on materials were once again eased. The French resumed their lead fashion role with designers such as Dior widely regarded as being the trendsetters of the period.
During WWII American women took the lead in fashion with Hollywood being the major fashion trend setter of the 1939-1945 period.
After the war French designers staged a major comeback and the French became were the trendsetters in the period of 1945-1950.
New materials such as nylon and latex became an instant hit with women but were unavailable during the war years.
Long hair with curls was all the rage after a long period in the 1920s and 30s in which popular hairstyles were shorter.