Women’s clothing is a big indicator of how society perceives them. It’s actually a mirror of how women have been treated over the years. About a hundred years ago, modesty was a mainstay in fashion. Women wore very restrictive clothing, including things like tight corsets and large, uncomfortable bustles. Additionally, all women wore skirts and trousers were reserved strictly for men.
World War II forced more women into the workforce, and really shook up women’s fashion. For the first time, women were socially allowed to wear pants to perform difficult jobs. Since then, women’s fashion has gone hand in hand with their gradual liberation and emancipation.
The 1960s- Looser Fits
If you had been walking the streets in the 1950s, you’d probably see plenty of women in sharp cut dresses and monochromatic two pieces. It wasn’t until the swinging sixties brought out the Hippie culture, which introduced lots of prints and patterns into western fashion.
In general, female clothing became more comfortable. Cuts were loose fitting and flowing. Nobody really cared for stiff dresses, like those worn by the young Queen Elizabeth II.
1970s- Showing off those curves
In the following decades, women began experimenting with a range of different styles. The rise of the feminist movement meant that women weren’t afraid of showing off their curves and a little bit of skin. This was marked by the Rockabilly era, where crop tops and tight denim first made an appearance.
1980s- Celebration of self expression
Female fashion experimentation went into overdrive in the 80s, with large, curly hairstyles being in vogue. Extra large shoulder pads, bright eye-shadow, all-denim outfits, and fluorescent tights made an appearance. This was the era of electronic pop and no one was going to be left behind in the wave of youthful exuberance. Colors were eye-popping and attention-grabbing. Banana yellow tights and bright pink polka dotted blouses were a totally acceptable look for a casual night out.
1990s -today– Forming a strong sense of individuality
Women’s fashion has become somewhat more subdued after the 80s, but the spirit of individuality has crept in. Fashion statements are varied, and due to globalization, the influences of other countries and cultures have mingled to give rise to different looks. In recent years, women have made their hair color a fashion accessory too, and previously unusual hair colors like silver, magenta, purple, blue and green are now in fashion. This, of course, is due in part to the rise of the Asian influence, specifically popular Kpop and Jpop visuals flooding social media.