Women and Fashion

Fashion is and has always been a form of expression. For women especially, it has largely been influenced by their place in society, influenced by the roles they had in their families, influenced by religion and a myriad of other reasons affecting them directly or indirectly.

Women and Men are always supposed to dress a particular way, “Dress like a woman”, “Dress like a man”, they said. And throughout our history there are umpteen number of examples to prove just that. Victorian Era was infamous for the corsets which women wore, this garment tucked their belly in and pushed out their buttocks. Why I call the Corsets infamous is because sometimes they were so tight that it took two people to wear them and they even damaged the internal organs by compressing them beyond their normal condition. And all of this for what? Just to LOOK a certain way, the way the society perceives you to or wants you to. Which is wrong on so many different levels.

Similarly, women wearing pants wasn’t a common sight and why would it be? Pants are for men, why woukd women wear them? But it is only recently that they have started sporting not just the pants but the whole pantsuits. Now, these were the social norms regarding fashion. There were some religious norms as well, in Islam and Judaism fashion was influenced by religious standards. Some view Hijabs and Burkhas as constraints, orthodox or anti-feminist. Muslim and Jewish women are empowered with this modest fashion. Because fashion is not about what others think and feel, it is essentially about what you feel about yourself.

You see fashion trends change all the time and they change so fast that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. You can well imagine how many trends might have come, gone and arrived again over the past 100 years, yeah looks like quite a number right! Let’s have a look.

1920s, An exciting time around the world. Women dressed in the “Flapper” style, which included dresses with fringe, short haircuts and bright loud make-up.

1950s, Just like in the 1920s, the style in the 50s reflected people’s happiness after a war ended. World War II was over, and fashion changed as a result. During this time, women wore dresses that showed off their figure more. Hairstyles changed from the short bob of the 1920s, to a longer style with curls instead.

1980s, Style in the 80s was influenced a lot by music. During this time Punk Rock, Rap, and Heavy Metal became very popular. Women’s hair and jewelry were big, and their makeup was bright with lots of colors. People involved in the Punk Rock world wore a lot of black clothing with heavy eyeliner. Both men and women wore a lot of fitness clothes; this included a lot of colorful tights.

The 90s, The 1990s were more down-to-earth than the 70s or 80s. Women still had big hair, but makeup was more natural looking. Many people wore jeans and plain colored shirts along with Converse shoes, which became very popular. During this time, a lot of people also started to get more piercings than in other decades.

The Present, Today, people dress based on many different influences. Some fashion choices are even based on looks from past decades, like the ones we talked about here. Trends change all the time, but you can keep up with the latest styles by watching TV or seeing what your favorite celebrities wear. Unless you like it your way. In that case, just wear whatever you feel like today! Ciao!

Vansh Dhama

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