1. Suits consisting of a pleated skirt and vest over a white blouse were the standard for younger girls in 1946.

    Suits consisting of a pleated skirt and vest over a white blouse were the standard for younger girls in 1946.

  2. The classic “schoolgirl” look of pleated skirts and white blouses, which is the basis of so many modern school uniforms, became popular in the aftermath of WWII. This page of stylish looks for the “High School Crowd” is from the Fall-Winter 1946 Sears catalog.

    The classic “schoolgirl” look of pleated skirts and white blouses, which is the basis of so many modern school uniforms, became popular in the aftermath of WWII. This page of stylish looks for the “High School Crowd” is from the Fall-Winter 1946 Sears catalog.

  3. A romantic white lace evening dress by Mainbocher, 1946.

    A romantic white lace evening dress by Mainbocher, 1946.

  4. A 1947 day dress by Victor Stiebel, London. I love the double skirt. It was as if the designer couldn’t quite decide between the straight line skirts of World War II and the huge skirts of the New Look.

    A 1947 day dress by Victor Stiebel, London. I love the double skirt. It was as if the designer couldn’t quite decide between the straight line skirts of World War II and the huge skirts of the New Look.

  5. A dramatic Caroline Reboux hat from 1946.

    A dramatic Caroline Reboux hat from 1946.

  6. A 1953 sweatshirt-like coat designed by Hattie Carnegie.

    A 1953 sweatshirt-like coat designed by Hattie Carnegie.

  7. A 1949 Fall-Winter suit with a dramatic cape by Pierre Balmain.

    A 1949 Fall-Winter suit with a dramatic cape by Pierre Balmain.