Men and women throughout the centuries have worn clothing for various purposes; weather, occupation, social mandates, cultural celebrations, religious requirements, etc. Let’s look at some fashion trends through out the past couple generations.
The Victorian Age of 1830-1900
The Victorian Age in Europe was a time of progress in England. With the influence of Queen Elizabeth, clothing styles evolved tremendously during this time.
With advancements in technology, clothes could be mass produced with sewing machines as well as synthetic dyes at affordable prices.
While clothing styles changed throughout these decades, a few things stayed constant; elegance and modesty. Women didn’t show their legs, bare arms or even ankles.
Often, Victorian dresses could have up to five layers.
- Stockings, garter
- Camisole and a petticoat, steel hoop for the skirt
- The actual dress
- Accessories such as gloves, bonnets, shawl, parasol
Fun Fact: The white wedding dress was a trend made popular by Queen Victoria herself.
The Roaring 1920s
The “Roaring 1920’s” was an exciting time in fashion. Inspired by the French culture and fashion trends, we have the Flapper outfit.
Women known as flappers were protesting the style and fashion guidelines of the day. They wanted more freedom and this was one way of voicing their contempt for what was deemed appropriate.
Flapper dresses were straight and loose, leaving the arms bare and dropping the waistline to the hips. Silk or rayon stockings were held up by garters.
Hair was also included in this fashion trend as before the traditional was long hair. However, the Flapper trend encouraged more boyish cuts such as the bob cut were all the rage.
The Fabulous 50s
Who remembers poodle shirts of the 1950s? Maybe you’ve come across pictures of your parents or grandparents from their high school years where the ladies are dressed in poodle skirts and saddle shoes?
Check out this article from LittleThings that tells us the story of how the popular trend of poodle skirts began.
The 1960s (The Flower Generation) and into the 1970s
The 1960s was a decade full of change in the United States. We had the heavily debated Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and the Space Race which was just one aspect of the Cold War.
If you young and opposed the Vietnam War, you might have been referred as a Hippie.
As a hippie, you stood for peace and love. Your clothing was colorful, bright and flowy. You wore bell bottom jeans, fringe, leather vests, mini skirts, and incorporated accessories like headbands, flowers and the peace symbol.
So How We Dress?
Today, we dress nothing like our ancestors did during the Victorian era or even the ‘Roaring 20s’ unless it’s a special historical event or Halloween.
We have numerous fashion options to choose from depending on our own personal tastes or whatever a specific event calls for. Business professional or casual, sportswear, jeans with various cuts and styles, leggings/jeggings of any color, pattern, etc. We have endless options for everything fashion related!
Could you imagine what it would be like going around for a day in a Victorian dress that your second or third great grandmother might have worn? What do you think people would think or say to you? If you could choose, what fashion throughout our generations would you want to wear?