The fantastic women's uniforms of World War II

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Large-scale wars often act as a catalyst for innovation: and that’s as true for clothes as it is for say, weapons of mass destruction or anti-tank guns.
 
World War II was no different. And while its influence on menswear has been extensively documented – see brands like The Real McCoy’s and Realm & Empire for evidence – the conflict never did the same for women. 
 
This is a shame as the outfits produced for the likes of the US’s American Women’s Voluntary Services and Britain’s Women’s Land Army were undoubtedly badass. 
 
From double-breasted winter coats (with matching mittens) to melton-wool ski outfits, these get-ups must have caused fashionable gents to cast a jealous eye at the ladies’ killer clobber. 
 
And while, thankfully, these women never had to face combat – unlike their comrades in the USSR – they did get to look the bee’s knees as they waited for the enemy’s possible arrival. 
 







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