The Flying Forties were one of the most important times in history, and you can recreate them in dashing style with our 1940s costumes. Men and women alike were impacted by World War II. Our general costumes, fighter jet pilot outfits and officer apparel are authentically detailed without sending you to the battlefront. Women played a big role as well on the lines and at home, and you'll be the belle of the 1940s ball as an army nurse, Air Force captain or as Rosie the Riveter. Use our sizing chart to choose a custom size for a comfortable fit.
Of course, there was a swinging side to the 1940s as well. A men's zoot suit and woman's rockabilly swing dress are an excellent couple's costume combination for a vintage Halloween night. You can also go for sexy and suave as a pinup girl, gangster, night nurse or sailor. We carry a huge selection of '40s costumes and accessories that give you higher quality than a local box store without paying a higher price. With options for everyone from toddlers to plus-size adults, you're sure to find something fabulous. If you're looking for even more great choices, head over to our Sailor and Soldier Costumes. And remember, we have free shipping on orders of $75 or more.
1940's Costume Ideas
The defining event of the 1940s was World War II. It affected men, sending them off to be soldiers and pilots. It affected women, sending them to the factories to be Rosie the Riveter or to the front to be nurses. It spawned a new type of music - swing, which had morphed from the jazz of the 20's and early 30's - and new types of fashion, like long, pin-curled waves and victory rolls for the girls' hair. By the end of the 40's, the War was over, and the mood was bright, full of relief that the world was on its way to happier times - for a while at least. The soldiers were home, and the Baby Boom had begun.
Pin-up girls became popular in the 1940's, when so many soldiers were far away from home, where a picture of a pretty girl in a seductive pose could be quite comforting.
Recreating the iconic photo of the Sailor and Nurse kissing in Times Square to celebrate the end of the war in Japan would be a perfect 40's couple costume!
Sailor and Nurse Costumes
Rosie the Riveter was an icon in the United States, representing the millions of women going to work in the factories to replace the men who'd been sent off to War. She first appeared in a 1942 song and was then used in posters and other advertisements encouraging women to join the workforce.
Actresses of the 1940s were known for their dramatic beauty and glamour. Example include Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner and Lana Turner. You can't go wrong with a costume role model - they're all gorgeous.
Country singer-songwriter Hank Williams was most popular in the late 1940s and early 50s before his death in 1952.
One of the most famous romances of the 1940s was between actors Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, who met on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1943 and were married in 1945.