A number of fashion accessories supplemented the woman's 1940s wardrobe.
Accessories appear to have been more practical during the 1940s.
After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
This unbalanced ratio put the dating power back into the hands of men, but they still chose to be gentlemen.
In the late 1940s, Margaret Mead, in describing this pre-war dating system, argued that dating was not about sex or marriage.
Instead, it was a "competitive game," a way for girls and boys to demonstrate their popularity.
It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.