While it’s not hard to find photos of younger women in pants from the 1940s, older women are a different matter. This woman (I’m almost positive it’s the same one—or else a very close relative) might not yet be 50, but I’m guessing she is in her forties. She wears pants with style.
These two photos are a good object lesson in how clothes can make the body’s shape appear quite different. In the photo on the left, our mystery woman looks slim and comfortable, but somewhat shapeless. In the outfit on the right, with its wide shoulders and nipped in waist, she still looks slim but also imposing. You can see why some women were/are reluctant to give up on power shoulders.
I puzzled a long time over the dates of these photos. The hair style is very 1940s, and it doesn’t change much between the two. The Hepburn style pants on the left, however, were popular already in the 1930s. The pants on the right are much slimmer fitted, heading towards to cigarette style of the early fifties. So I’m guessing that these two photos come from different ends of the decade.
What’s your guess? And do you wonder if she kept her broad shoulders well into the 1950s?