I was looking at images of women's clothing through the centuries and I noticed how it wasn't really until the 70s that pants came into fashion for women. And why do women nowadays wear less and less? (I am NOT saying it is a bad thing or a good thing, I geniuinly would like to know the answer).
I know through the times women were reserved because they had to dress a certain way because of cultural norms. But isn't that true today as well? Women dress the way they do because of cultural norms?
I am curious because I don't understand where the trend of tight clothes and short skirts/shorts came in and why they did. It was introduced in the 70s but its changed a lot since then and I am not sure why.
the so called "sexual revolution" occured. Les emphasis on relationships/long term fideltiy more emphasis on flings/short term relationships. So the more skin a woman shows the more it emphasises her sex appeal rather then more modest clothing which emphasises everything but her short term sex appeal. It would also explain why mens dress hasn't really changed (relatively speaking) while womans clothing has radicly changed. Also the emphasis on women taking on masculin roles while discarding her old feminine roles is why the shift to a more masculine style of dress like suit pants and such, at least when she is not emphasising her sex appeal.
More like short shorts with booty hanging out, and revealing shirts with boobs hanging out. That's what I see everywhere I go. I wish that society dressed like the people in the 2010's on this picture... lol
Anyways, it's because women have shed their womanly gender roles and can wear pants. If they had been able to wear pants all those years ago, I bet they would have, too. They are simply 100% comfier. I can't imagine how uncomfortable those women must have been... especially with having to wear corsets all the time (proven to ruin your body).
Now for shorts and skirts... I don't understand how that happened either. Perhaps feminists trying to make people less sensitive to showing skin? Maybe as a point that they can? Maybe because the weather is "hot" (even when it is, I still wear jeans or capris or appropriate length shorts and a normal shirt)? Maybe to continue showing that women don't have to be "proper" like in the old days? Maybe because they just like that style? Maybe to attract men?
I sometimes wonder if it's seriously just for the last reason. Courting was different back in the day, and casual sex wasn't as prominent and it was certainly frowned upon. And now women feel like they have to "stand out" and show off their body to attract men.
Pretty much all cultural norms, including dress, were thrown out the window during the 60s and 70s. There were far more important things like war and civil rights going on. Norms about trivial things like dress were rejected as unimportant by comparison. The 60s and 70s were basically a great big fuck you to norms of the past. Pretty much everything from the past was rejected, even the music.
Also, women did wear pants before that, but mainly it was only causal dress at home. Anything even remotely non-casual required a dress (with a few exceptions). In my school, it wasn't until the 1970-71 school year that girls were first allowed to wear pants to school. It was the same time that guys could have hair longer than their collar, wear open toed shoes, wear pull over shirts, etc. That all happened at once. In other places it happened at different times, but it mostly happened within a few years of that everywhere.
Mini skirts came in in the 60's I believe. A lot of the seeds were planted in the late 50's and then the 60's were a time of conflict and experimentation and a sort of rebellion against conservatism and the 70's solidified that and kept it going even more. Most of this was brought on by music and the rise of pop culture. People were seeing their music idols on TV as well as on the radio and fashions were influenced. Television becoming more mainstream in general also fueled the changes. War in Vietnam etc was a big thing which also turned young people against conservatism and caused them to rebell. There's documentaries about this shit.
It was also work and school uniforms in those days for girls to wear long skirts. If they were too short, boys would be able to see the girl's underwear in the reflection of their shiny shoes. So women wanted to leave the long skirts at home when they weren't working and be free spirits when they went out because that's what everyone else was doing.
For the younger, wear short maybe it represent confidence, displaying , attracting. it's particular, privilege for youth.. after 35 years old, even if you want, you already lose that confidence to wear it
This may upset some people, but women at some point decided to start dressing and acting like men. It is as if they think anything feminine is a sign of weakness. After all if a man wears a skirt he would be mocked, and in our age of believing in gender neutrality that seems to extend to their ideas about women wearing skirts. Now the women that wear them are often mocked by other women behind their backs. There are even some high class restaurants that come under fire for enforcing gender specific dress codes. This mindset has set the stage for any woman following fashion trends to automatically adopt these clothing choices as well.
Well... why not? I can't imagine long skirts being particularly comfortable, for one. Especially back in the day when you had to wear a slip and/or corset even earlier underneath longer dresses and skirts. Long skirts are not particularly practical either. Pretty limiting in terms of activities you can do while wearing them, not very practical if you're planning to be out and about much of the day, be it at work or at school.
As women became more sexually liberated and just liberated overall, they kind of embraced their bodies too. We no longer feel the need to have to hide our bodies for the well-being of men and such. Symbolizing our absolute monogamy towards whoever we're with at the time. Which is more towards people who claim women should remain entirely covered when out in public so that nobody but their s/o can look at their body? No. We are not the property of men, whether we're involved with them or not. It's our own body, we'll do as we please with it.
Fabric was rationed during and after WWI and WWII so skirts had to become narrower and shorter. During the wars women also started working. They couldn't do what they needed to in skirts so pants became acceptable. After getting used to more "permissive" styles women weren't keen on going back to restrictive skirts.
Active lifestyles and sports also become popular with the upper class. It's also the same reason tans became popular.
I think those long skirts were heavy and pretty hard to walk around in. The woman would have to pick up the hem of the dresd when she climbed the stairs and all kinds of hassles we probably take for granted now.