Why couldn't women wear nylons during World War 2?
However, by 1942 demand for nylon for military use (for example for parachutes) was so great that very few stockings were made. It took till March 1946 for Du Pont to satisfy demand in the U.S.
Women dressed very plainly during World War II. Nylons were not worn because the fabric was needed for the military. They wore suits or clothing suitable for working. Hair cuts were plain because women were saving money and most of the men were in the service. Most women in the military served as nurses.
Women were always able to wear pants, it was simply considered socially unacceptable. During the late 1800s, women started to wear pants for industrial work. During World War II, women wore their husband's trousers while they took on jobs, and in the 1970s, trousers became especially fashionable for women. Although trousers for women in western countries did not become fashion items until the later 20th century, women began wearing men's trousers (suitably altered) for outdoor…