During the years of WWII, fabric restrictions limited the amount of fabric manufacturers could use in garments. Designers adapted by making skirts slimmer and shorter and eliminating fussy details. Women became more creative with their use of accessories. Here, from the summer of 1945, 6 ways to wear a simple black top.
Right: One shoulder dress, black on top, red on bottom. Worn with a leather belt and multiple bangle bracelets. Both dresses by Henry Rosenfeld. Sold for $15 in 1945 (about $188 in today's dollar.)