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UNIFORM

The military uniforms of WW2 are an iconic part of the period. We’re hoping to create a strong look for the game which sticks quite closely to accurate clothing. That said, we’re conscious of cost and so small variation will be expected, as well as accurately reflecting the early years of the war when uniforms were in short supply, frequently privately purchased and changing design reasonably regularly. Our rough estimate is that the basic WAAF kit can be purchased for under £50.

WAAF and RAF uniforms are quite easy and cheap to put together, and are also readily available to hire. We’ve found some good value sources for both buying and hiring, which we’ll be sharing soon. We will also be looking into bulk buying some of the items to help reduce the cost.

 

All characters are welcome to wear civilian clothes in any late 1930s or early 40s style at the Friday dance, should they prefer.

 

WAAF

Essentials

These items are the basis of the WAAF costume. We’ve managed to find all of these items quite cheaply online and estimate a complete basic costume should cost no more than about £45 even if you need to buy everything.

  • Shirt - a blue/grey colour button up blouse

  • Tie - made from woven black wool

  • Skirt - blue wool barathea

  • Stockings - 40 denier tights, grey

  • Shoes - plain black lace-up shoes with a minimal heel, shiny but not patent


Optional

These items are optional extras. There’s no need to get these, but if you’re looking for ways to add to your kit, this is where we’d recommend starting.

  • PT kit - blue shorts, white aertex t-shirt, black plimsolls, white socks (needed for PT lesson)

  • Hat - WAAF kind, relevant to rank.

  • Jacket - reproduction or altered RAF jacket.

  • Handbag - usually a gas mask bag, a black leather bag in 40s style could also be used

  • Helmet - standard WW2 style but needs to be RAF grey

  • Great coat - full length, double breasted RAF wool coat

  • Pajamas - blue and white striped pajamas

 

Hair and make-up

Make-up should be on the more simple, natural and understated side for WAAFs on duty. A good guide can be found here. Not wearing make-up is also fine.

Hair should be tied back in a bun, plait or ponytail, or a more ‘professional’ 40s style. Loose hair is not allowed on shift. For the evenings feel free to draw from any of the earlier 1940s styles!

 

RAF

Service dress Essentials

RAF characters should wear one of the available uniforms, either service dress, or flight kit. As with the WAAF, the below is the bare minimum kit for service dress. This can also be worn with boots, a flight helmet, a Mae West etc. as flight kit.

  • Shirt - a blue/grey colour button up shirt

  • Tie - made from woven black wool

  • Trousers - blue wool barathea

  • Shoes - plain black lace-up shoes with a minimal heel, shiny but not patent

 

Flight suit Essentials

  • Overalls - khaki zip up overalls

  • Flight boots - pull on, knee length black leather boots


Optional
These items are optional extras. There’s no need to get these, but if you’re looking for ways to add to your kit, this is where we’d recommend starting.

  • PT kit - blue shorts, white aertex t-shirt, black plimsolls, white socks (needed for PT lesson)

  • Service Dress Hat - RAF officer kind

  • Service Dress Jacket - reproduction or more modern RAF jacket is fine

  • Helmet - standard WW2 style but needs to be RAF grey

  • Great coat - full length, double breasted wool coat

  • RAF Ascot Tie

  • Flight Jacket - brown leather/shearling zip up jacket

  • Flight helmet - leather or cloth cap with space for a headset

  • Mae West - yellow life jacket

  • Pyjamas - blue and white striped pyjamas

Hair and make-up

For those who are up for a trip to the barber’s, men’s hair in the 1940s was pretty much limited to one style - short back and sides and plenty of brylcreem!

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