12th October 2020 Admin
The Evolving Women’s Fashion in These Past 100 Years
“Change or adaption is everything, and the arena of fashion describes it more efficiently with time.”
It is believed that what we humans see and read, is a result of what’s going around the globe. From literature to fashion, everything has seen a phase of dramatic change. Similarly, fashion styles are the great imitation of reality and the world.
Today, what we wear, how we dress up, are all because of our ancient fashion history. And, these changes took place and accepted by society. Every change is important because it helps the country to progress economically, politically and most important values.
However, how society accepts that change, reflects in our fashion and style and our choices to get dressed. Well, today, we are going back to the wheel of the past and see how today’s mesmerizing women’s fashion came into existence. The change of moment is never easy, especially, when it is connected to women.
Let’s find out—
Women’s Fashion as Regal (1910-19)During the 1910s women’s fashion was easily distinguished by the two great highlights—one is pre-war and the postwar era. This was the time of World War I when the world faced drastic changes within the small period, 10 years. This affected industries drastically including the fashion world.
In the pre-war scenario, the women’s fashion was beyond different as compared to the post-war. The war took away everything and only left loss of economy, values, trust, faith, which reflected in women’s lifestyle and fashion as well. Earlier, the women’s fashion was regal with full sleeves, big hats, empire waists, fluffy gowns, and d high necks. However, in 1914, the Great War hit the world and the changes in women’s fashion swept with the era of the war.
After the war, women’s fashion has changed and included skirts with long overcoats. However, in 1915, the trend of gowns with empire waist and collars ruled, but when the year changed, fashion changed. However, coats stayed and its shorter, longer length came into the frame.
When World War came to an end, a lot of fashion changed and was added by the fashion industry. This time women began to wear flared skirts, hats, and v-necks. In the 1919s, women’s fashion was introduced with scarves and coats together.
The Jazz Age (1920-29)
This era was known as the Jazz Age, which brought many different and distinctive fashion and style. And, its literature and fashion had proved how the world was affected by great loss.
However, if we look at the women’s fashion then you will be able to witness its decade changes and has inspired by the Jazz culture, and the era was called as the “Jazz Age” because this time people were in the mood of living freely leaving tension behind and were enjoying Jazz music, drinking, clothing, and styling.
If you go deep by reading the world war’s ancient literature, you would get to know why this era was called the Jazz Age. People were worried, devastated, there were no jobs, the economy was drained, properties were broken and people were lost. They had lost belief and hope in humanity and mankind. They were far away from education, values, religions that once had in the Victorian era. The storm has washed everything and people were lost and faced diseases, crises, and danger. And, women were introduced with skirts, knee-length dresses with bob hair.
The Great Depression and Fashion (1930-39)
After the survival of World War 1, in the 1930s the Great Depression gave huge pain and grief to mankind. This era’s hardship also reflected the lifestyles of women and their fashion. In the same year, bob hair and skirts remain trendy. And in 1935-1936, it changed from bob to civil hairstyle and had ties at the back, pinned as a bun. And, wearing a hat also remained. However, women’s fashion took place and saw a sudden shift from beautiful dresses to the flapper. And, solid colors and checks, hand gloves, skirts (a-line and fit), neck scarves, bows, waist belts, etc. came into existence.
World War II and Basic Fashion (1940-49)
The 20s first forty years faced a lot of struggle, fighting, war, economic crises, etc. And, again, the World was facing the same through the Second World War. This time, people were ready to face the situations, because they were already struggling with calamity and prone to World War I, however, this time, the economy was on a ladder and that reflected in women’s fashion style categories. Earlier, the dresses were in solid checks with buttons, lace, and floral designs. But, in this era, the dresses were less dramatic, because the world needed peace.
After the war, countries around the world took part in exporting goods and this encourages the women fashion industry to be creative. Then the dresses came with button design with shirts, longer blouses, made with a lighter fabric. And, then the polka dots design came. And, gloves, belts have come back. And, women adapt low ponytails with ribbons, shoulder-length hair instead of bob hair.
The Fabulous 50s and Fashion (1950-59)
This was the era of happy days. People were happy, growing, stable, and living a comfortable life. Many industries bloomed, especially fashion. In 1951, women's fashion brands began to introduce sleeveless dresses and under the cut-sleeves blouses, and then it moved with mini sleeves. Button dresses and mini sleeves took a storm in the fashion world. The world was embracing changes with open arms and witnessed the coming of women's pants with tight empire waist and baggy shirts. This was the time when pants ruled, and then, hot-pants were introduced.
By the end of 1959, the women's fashion industry introduced another change—Tube dresses, modern dresses, and gowns.
The Age of 60s and Hippy Fashion (1960-69)
It was the age of youth styling and fashion. In this era, people seemed more aware of the wants and rights. People were living charming, youthful, and hippy lives, and women’s fashion took this change into their fashion, where they introduced bell-bottoms with tucked-in shirts with sprayed and chopped hair, and hair-bands.
The vogue of flapper came and then in 1965, no-sleeves women fashion came and stared for a longer time, and pants dominated the fashion world.
Fashion and the Liberty of Women (1970-79)
The 70s was the same as the 60s. The decade did enjoy the young lifestyle and was happy, and thus called the “MeDecade”. It was the year of liberty of women, rights, wishes, and the gay rights movement.
People were aware, the economy was growing and pop culture came in and encouraged men, women enjoyed the era of disco and rock bands wearing frayed jeans, maxi dresses, bell-bottoms, midi, etc.
Fashion and Greed Decade (1980-89)
This decade remained the era of amalgamation of beautiful, fashionable vibes and the luxurious lifestyles of the 70s. The economy was good. Youths were aware of and protested for their rights. Politics was rising, social values were at a peak. However, due to these happenings, people started to think about only themselves and for their best. That is why this era is called the “Greed Decade”. Then, the women's fashion industry introduced cropped tops, skirts that have gone shorter and tighter.
Simpler, Easier and Casual Fashion (1990-99)
The 90s demanded simpler, casual, and easier looks and fashion to carry as compared to earlier woman fashion. However, some of the major fashion and style remained the same, because it was hard to separate women from 90s simple and casual looks, thus the fashion designers introduced stonewashed designs, ripped jeans, flannel shirts, crop tops, bob hair, neon colors, animal prints, floral dresses, and chokers.
Fashion and Globalization (2000-09)
With the Globalization and Internet, the fashion industry evolved and influenced a lot. People wanted faster, smarter, and better things because it was the era of the Internet and communication. The 20s witnessed the loudest and weirdest change that came in the fashion industry and has crossed the line of trendy. And, women were thinking, 'what others would think?' The fashion industry was taken in the wrong direction, and, then finally in 2007, they began to realize their mistakes and have revised the whole market to offer the World with some wearable and sensible clothes.
The Decade of Fashion Experiments (2010-19)
The last decade was not as smooth as the 90s. This decade chose to experiment on the earlier women's fashion, and the fashion industry comeback with flannel skirts, ripped jeans, animal prints, bell-bottoms, blazers, crop tops, sneakers, etc.
And, this research on women’s fashion cleared our vision that the 90s fashion was the best women's fashion, and how we have come here. And, the fashion-designers are continuously looking back at the 90s trends, style, and fashion to come back with some quirky twist.