Throughout history and on into the future, fashion trends are constantly changing. One thing comes into style and then a few years later, it is out. Women’s fashions have had the most drastic changes through the centuries.
Prior to the 19th century, women were made to cover up with long dresses and layers of underclothes. Because they were made to cover up, different additions to the outfits gave off different illusions of sexiness. Bustles were used to help show a woman’s figure. Woman wore tight laced bodices in order to make them look thinner, sometimes being laced so tight that it was very difficult for them to breathe. Waist lines were also very prominent in the dresses. Different forms of attire also showed a woman’s status in life. It is almost as if the more things you had on your outfit and the more accessories that you had, the wealthier you were.
Around the 19th century, women were allowed to show a little more skin then they had in generations before. Women of a wealthier status were allowed to wear lower necklines then previously. Also the sleeves of the dresses were allowed to be shorter, showing off a little arm. However, women had to wear long gloves to avoid inappropriate contact. Long dresses were still an important part of a woman’s attire and they still wore plenty of undergarments.
Throughout the 20th century, significant changes started taking place in a woman’s style. Early in the 1900’s women started having a less defined waistline. Dresses became shorter to help save material for the war efforts. That was the beginning of the end in terms of modesty in woman’s fashion. Around the 1030’s women started wearing shoes that showed off their feet. Foot grooming became an important part of a woman’s hygiene routine because of the shoe changes. By the 1940’s hemlines were raised again bringing women’s skirts to just below the knee. Around the 1960’s was when women began working towards having more rights and women’s fashions changed a bit more. Woman started wearing dresses and skirts that ended just above the knee. They also started wearing more revealing swimsuits.