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Women and Menswear

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Gina-Marie Cardino

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Women and Menswear
Throughout history women's fashion varied and changed. Since the beginning of time women were to wear dresses as men were required to wear pants. Pants were not worn by women until the early 20th century.
Not until during World War 1 when all the men went off to war did pants in women's wear come about. When all the men left for war it left the women home to both tend to the house as well as work in the factories. Due to this women would often wear their husbands altered trousers while they job searched. More and more women began to wear pants during this time, making them increasingly more fashionable in leisure and day to day living. During war time while all male designers were off in war, a young female designer came about. in 1915 Gabrielle Chanel designed hats as well as loose fitted chemise dresses with belts at the hip. In 1916 she was designing casual pleated skirts from wool jersey; which had originally only used in mens underwear.
Up until the 1920s women's clothing was made to show off a woman's tight corseted torso therefore making the lining of each garment the foundation on each which dress and garment was built. Fashion finally began to loosen up. This trend was started by french designer Paul Poiret who encouraged women's clothing to be un-corseted. Clothing began to become softer looking and lines began to follow a woman's natural body rather than forcing her body to conform. This is where the drop waist flapper dress look came about.

In the beginning of the 1900s fashionable women looked much different than they do today. In the 1900s a typical woman's fashion consisted of tight collars, corsets, feathered hats and long "duster" coats. Women were even required to wear morning dresses, afternoon dresses as well as evening gowns or simple gowns for the night time.
In the 1930's sport dressing became even more popular. Women found new freedom to wear pants. Women loved wearing bell-bottomed pants along with a matching sweater which included shoulder pads creating very structured shoulders. Actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were photographed in trousers during this time, enhancing womens admiration of mens wear.
During the 1940's women loved to wear rolled up blue jeans, narrow trousers, halter tops, all while styling the pageboy hair cut.
In the 1970's women loved experimenting with lots of lip stick and heavy blush, denim, t shirts with logos written across them, and pant suits.
The 1980's were a time of "power suits" with big shoulder pads, Levi's and penny loafers. In 1989, California state senator Rebecca Morgan became the first woman to wear pants in a US state senate.
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In the 1910's a typical women's wardrobe consisted of a narrow "hobble" skirt and decorated stockings. Although still in corsets women began to wear suits with shirt waist blouses. Everyday women began to have their own sports wear for their more active hobbies such as skating, bike riding, and tennis. These active sports outfits consisted of coordinated jackets and long skirts. The suits that these women were wearing were starting to be made by ladies tailors rather then dressmakers.
In 1919, Luisa Capetillo was the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. She was then sent to jail because what she did was considered a crime at this time, the charges were later dropped.

The 1920s was a prosperous era with World War 1 coming to an end. Women's role in society along with women's clothing changed drastically. The once tubular dresses had evolved into a similar silhouette that now included shorter skirts with pleats, gathers, and slits to allow motion to the women wearing it. Women "bobbed" or cut their hair in order to fit under hats. The American women began to embrace these new trends as they led increasingly more active lifestyles.
In the 1950's women fashioned black leotards, pedal pusher (calf length pants), ballerina flats, poodle skirts, and their hair in ponytails.
In the 1960's women wore bell bottoms, miniskirts, pale lip stick, dark eyeliner, and go- go boots. French fashion designer, Andre' Courreges introduced jeans specifically for women, leading to the era of designer jeans.
In 1969, Charlotte Reid became the first woman to wear pants in the US congress.
The 1990s were big on designer athletic shoes, baggy pants, bare midriffs, and hooded sweatshirts.
From 1993- 2001 Hillary Clinton was the first lady of president Bill Clinton. During this time she was the first woman to wear pants in an official US first lady portrait.
2000s included low rise pants, blazers, graphic t shirts, bare midriffs, tank tops, bell bottom jeans, as well as skinny jeans.

Today, the year of 2013; Menswear is very prominent in women's fashion. As ladies some of the essential items in our wardrobe are menswear inspired.

Some of the basics that women need today to be considered fashionable include;
-a black blazer- defined shoulders, tailored look.
-dark denim jeans
-plain white t shirt
-black legging
-ballet flat
-classic black pant
-oversized blazer
- white button up
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