Clothing in the 40s

A story by Elsie Johnson

When I was in high school in Perry Iowa, we were never allowed to wear pants!!! I did walk a mile to school so in the winter my mother brought me a snow suit (wool) to wear. I walked and was very warm. However I always had to take my skirt to wear after I got to school. Horrors!!! I forgot my skirt one day and had to wear my wool pants all day. How embarrassing!!! Girls just didn’t wear pants then!!! However saddle shoes were in - but they had to be dirty! I wore my cardigan sweater backward once and started a trend for that fashion statement! Girls wearing pants to the classroom was always a no-no in the 40s!! I was a high school cheerleader. It was a wonderful honor to be on the squad! All our football games were played at 7pm. And in the fall in Perry it got cold. We wore white shirts with a white wool sweater that had a big P on it and a blue skirt. We wore saddle shoes (dirty, of course, I was very upset when my mother cleaned them once!) We also wore ankle socks - no panty hose or anything to cover our legs. Sometimes I think my legs were as blue as my skirt from the cold, but you’d never admit you were cold!!! I attended my 60th high school reunion. Four of the squad were there. We were asked to lead a cheer. We thought we had done very well when the M/C said, You girls don’t jump as high as you used to !!!

Want to Share This Story with Friends?
 ankle socks,cheerleader,dirty,saddle shoes,skirts
  Perry, Iowa
Feb 29 2024

NO COMMENTS YET....

To leave a comment, please Signin or Register.