As the Great Depression came to an end and war descended on Europe, fashion for both men and women was dictated by economics more strongly than it had been during the first world war and the 1930s. The war meant Paris and Italy were no longer fashion leaders, and strict rationing, beginning in Britain in 1939 and America in 1941, meant designers had their work cut out for them. Substance mattered much more than style. Everyone needed practical, sturdy clothing, and no one wanted to be accused of a lack of patriotism by wearing something too flashy.The key to dressing 1940s is a good suit .
While the rest of the world was wearing rationed clothing Rick's bar remained a classy gin joint full of tuxes and fine linens jackets. For a cheap and cheerful Casablanca outfit like Signor Ferrari choose a linen jacket, slacks, white shirt and a tie all in light summer colours. This will be one of the easiest outfits to dance in, top with a fez if your feeling fun. The key Casablanca outfits are Rick's trenchcoat and Fedora combo, military and a classic tux. Whether white like Rick's, shiney gray like Sam's or traditional black, nothing says class like it, don't forget the dicky bow. If that doesn't take your fancy read on for more 1940s inspiration