It was fashionable for individuals and families to do without during the War years. I remember my mother saying that stockings were difficult, if not impossible, to come by. Women took to drawing "seams" up the backs of their legs with an eyebrow pencil to simulate the seams of silk stockings.
With rationing of everything from meat to gasoline, making do was a way of life. There was little complaining about the sacrifices as everyone realized that they were fighting an enemy so powerful and so wicked that the prospect of defeat was too devastating to consider.
Women entered the workforce in a big way, with "Rosie the Riveter" a role model for women wanting to do their part.