Suit, Utility Scheme

Suit, Utility Scheme

Suit (trousers and jacket)
Utility Scheme
1942
London
Tailored wool
Museum no. T.242-1981

The Utility scheme was devised to share and conserve scarce resources, whilst creating practical and stylistically appealing clothing. With its double-breasted cut, peaked lapels and wide straight-legged trousers, this suit is typical of the period. The breast pocket is stay stitched rather than interlined to economise on fabric. The pocket bags and waistband facings are made in cheap quality cotton. The suit bears the CC41 label, which stands for the Civilian Clothing Act of 1941.