Fashion elements used in the newly designed uniforms of 1941-42 borrowed heavily from similar clothes in the commerical market. A good example of this can be seen in our picture by examining the man's jacket that stands furthest to the right. His jacket, the first issue herringbone twill jacket (Spec. PQD 45, dated 3 April 1941), was styled very similar to civilian blue jean jackets of the day. Notice the false box expansion pleats on the pockets; they were there purely for visual effect as can be seen by items in his right pocket not causing the pleat to expand despite the pocket's fullness. Also, notice the shirt style cuffs and darts just above them, as well as the double button waistband. Even the new burst of glory button used on this design was detailed to instill pride and promote positve morale. Few of these early fashion elements would last long, however. In fact, none of the civilian styling in the early herringbone twill jacket would survive its next major make-over, as can be seen when comparing the jacket worn by the man on the far right to the one the man in the middle is wearing. The general appearance of the Olive Drab Field Jacket was also very similar to civilian wind breakers popular at the time. Its short length, lapel collar, zippered front, slash pockets, and rear half-belt were style elements adopted directly from civilian designs. These features would not last long either; all would be dropped in the next generation field jacket as utility and combat effectiveness became crucial.
In the fashion of the day, the belt was far too long for her waist, but the end of the belt hung down the front of her dress to display the brass tack design.
Classic sanitary napkin belt ..
The new look US service men took to the field during this period was largely the result of an amalgamation of several concepts. Quartermaster clothing development began to make use of advances in clothing science and technology and mix them with improved design elements to produce field uniforms that exhibited not only improved utility, but morale boosting qualities as well. For example, textiles were selected for their attributes such as durability, protectiveness, heat retention, moisture ingress and egress, and wind resistance. An improvement in comfort was achieved by the use of expansion pleats and roomier patterns. Another feature frequently designed into garments at this time was the . This feature utilized pleats at the rear shoulder that provided ease of movement when raising the arms or reaching. Protection against the elements and control of body temperature was improved by the use of elastic cuffs and collars, adjustment tabs at ankle and wrist openings, and waist and skirt drawstrings. Fashion elements were incorporated into designs and included the use of convertible collars, half belts, and contrasting color schemes.