Celebrate one of the most important decades in our nation's history with 1940s costumes from Candy Apple Costumes. These costumes embody the can-do and adventurous spirit of the decade with designs inspired by flight, military service, nursing and more. With selections for kids, men and women, you can outfit your entire family in matching costumes for an extra level of adorable.
A Women's Vintage Nurse Costume in Adult and Plus Sizes is a great option for any stylish lady who wants to wear a costume that is both flattering and comfortable. Show the world your strong side when you opt for a Women's Rosie the Riveter Costume complete with a red belt and matching red scarf with white polka dots. Everyone loves a man in uniform - opt for an Adult WWII General Costume to show off your patriotism and sense of style. Want to branch away from the military-style costumes while still embodying the spirit of the 1940s? Look no further than our comfortable and colorful Adult XXL Blue Zoot Suit Costume with oversized bright blue matching jacket and pants. No matter what style of costume you choose, you're sure to be the life of the party when you order through Candy Apple Costumes.
We know that ordering costumes online can be daunting when it comes to choosing the right size, which is why each of our costumes has a handy sizing guide that is custom-made for that particular ensemble. Use this sizing guide when selecting your costume and you're sure to choose a size that will flatter your frame perfectly. If you'd like to know more about our costumes, have a question about sizes or want to place your order over the phone, we'll be happy to help! Give our friendly customer service team a call and they'll be glad to assist you.
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.