Ahh, the days are long and hot. Wartime restrictions are gone and women have begun to embrace the "New Look". Skirts are fuller, although they don't have as much width at the hem as we will see in a few short years. Hemlines have headed south again. Here, dresses for the heat of summer from 1949. All photos were taken by Richard Dormer in Rome.
Mildred Orrick embroidered cotton dress with side pleats in the skirt. Sold for $35 in 1949 (about $323 in today's dollar).
High necked top and full skirt in a marbelized cotton print by Owen Morgan. Sold for $22 in 1949 (about $203 in today's dollar).
Carolyn Schnurer knitted elasticized wool top to wear with or without straps is matched with a cotton striped skirt. Sold for $35 in 1949 (about $323 in today's dollar).
At left: Cotton dress with sunburst pleats at the bust by Barbee Jr. Sold for $23 in 1949 (about $212 in today's dollar).
At right: Kenneth Tischler cotton dress with tucked bands at the square neckline and sleeve cuffs. Sold for $19 in 1949 (about $175 in today's dollar).
Chambray dress with elastic shirring at the neckline by David Crystal. Sold for $25 in 1949 (about $231 in today's dollar).