As I have discussed, women dress differently. Some prefer very revealing attire and some like to cover up. Someone once said, "If you don't know your history, you can't foresee your future." History repeats itself so does fashion. What was out of style 20 years ago is "the hottest commodity" today. Last year I decided to go through my mom's closet and I discovered her 25 years old boots. Guess what? - boots like that cost hundreds of dollars last season. Just like knowing your history, it is important to know how fashion evolved to be able to predict the trends. So, let's look a little into the evolution of fashion!
Fashion for women has come a long way in a short amount of time. Women wore long dresses in the 1900’s as society dictated what was acceptable and what was not. The early 1900’s brought many changes to fashion, bras and lipstick to name a few. Yet fashion was still dictated by men and the theory that women should be at home and concealed from the public. From then on women’s fashion has changed with each new decade.
World War II changed women’s fashion forever. Material was in short supply therefore women’s hemlines became shorter. The bikini was invented and came into popularity in 1946 and Christian Dior followed in 1947 with an “hour glass” look to women’s clothing. Both are fashions that still exist today.
Women’s place was no longer bare foot, pregnant and in the home. Women entered the workplace which changed fashion forever. No more unbreathable corsets. Sexy undergarments were introduced to make undergarments comfortable for the now working woman.
Nylon hosiery was a great fashion breakthrough; however World War II took its toll on the hosiery market. Women replaced their hosiery and skirts for slacks. This fashion still exists today for many working women. However, women felt the need to bring back some femininity. Along with the right to vote women forever changed fashion by reflecting the social changes or women’s role in society and the workplace wearing fashionable clothes.
The 1980’s brought about women’s power in business, thus creating the power look for women in the workplace. Chic was a new word and fashion for evening wear became the ultimate in a woman’s wardrobe.
Women not only won the right to vote, equality in the home and workplace but also the ability to decide what they were going to wear. It no longer is society’s choice; it is the woman’s choice! What is interesting about this is that women have much more freedom today in picking the attire they want, whether it is revealing or modest. The fashion trend today still shows that women tend to buy attire that covers enough skin because they have control in how much they want to reveal about them. Fashion has historically accommodated society's beliefs and values. Today, fashion accommodates women's choices. The point is be true to yourself, wear styles that make you feel good, and fashion will adjust to you, not the other way around. My advice is to focus on your style more than on fashion trends. Fashion fades, and only style remains timeless.